Gross Annual Earnings

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Productivity – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4 December 1969.

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Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East 12:00, 4 December 1969

Do not these staggering figures indicate the moral basis of the case for equal pay? Is my hon. Friend aware that in the West Midlands, which is a wealthy part of the country, the average earnings for women are lower than the national average? Will he take all steps to see that the date for the implementation of equal pay is advanced as much as possible?