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Average Wage

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average weekly wage was for workers in the (a) private and (b) public sector in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [39793]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 10 January 2006:


Gross weekly(£) pay for full-time employee jobs(20) by place of work— England

Public
Private
MedianMeanMedianMean
1997353377315380
1998367392330404
1999379407341419
2000391422355438
2001407442374466
2002423462387491
2003436483401504
2004456505420523
2004(21)461509412510
2005479535421525


(20) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(21) Due to changes in the survey, results from 2004 are discontinuous with previous results. These changes Include Improvements to survey coverage, a change In the definition of gross weekly pay to exclude Irregular bonuses and Improvements to the collect more earnings relating to allowances. 2004 statistics are presented on both basis for comparison purposes.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.





 
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Gross weekly(£) pay for full-time employee jobs(22) by place of work—Scotland

Public
Private
MedianMeanMedianMean
1997336356287337
1998344369298355
1999358385314371
2000369397322384
2001392424336405
2002411440349434
2003415456358444
2004439477369452
2004(23)442481362442
2005464517375459


(22) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(23) Due to changes In the survey, results from 2004 are discontinuous with previous results. These changes include improvements to survey coverage, a change in the definition of gross weekly pay to exclude irregular bonuses and improvements to the collect more earnings relating to allowances. 2004 statistics are presented on both basis for comparison purposes.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.





Gross weekly(£) pay for full-time employee jobs(24) by place of work—Wales

Public
Private
MedianMeanMedianMean
1997326351288330
1998333364299341
1999348382305347
2000359396315361
2001379413320371
2002397434328389
2003405454340403
2004422474367426
2004(25)424477357416
2005449504359423


(24) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(25) Due to changes in the survey, results from 2004 are discontinuous with previous results. These changes include improvements to survey coverage, a change in the definition of gross weekly pay to exclude irregular bonuses and improvements to the collect more earnings relating to allowances. 2004 statistics are presented on both basis for comparison purposes.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.





Gross weekly(£) pay for full-time employee jobs(26) by place of work—Northern Ireland

Public
Private
MedianMeanMedianMean
1997359379246294
1998380395259304
1999387406270318
2000408420283334
2001408431298353
2002427455314364
2003440474317377
2004470498330394
2004(27)469500329390
2005489522340402


(26) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(27) Due to changes in the survey, results from 2004 are discontinuous with previous results. These changes include improvements to survey coverage, a change in the definition of gross weekly pay to exclude irregular bonuses and improvements to the collect more earnings relating to allowances. 2004 statistics are presented on both basis for comparison purposes.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.





 
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Banking System (China)

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of (a) the stability of the banking system in China and (b) the effect on the UK economy of weaknesses in the system. [40663]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: HM Treasury continually monitors the stability of financial systems around the world and their effects on the UK economy. The outlook for UK economy was set out in the PBR. A recent IMF report provides an authoritative up-to-date assessment of the banking system in China (see the Staff Report for the 2005 Article IV Consultation) and concludes that progress has been made in reform, but that considerable work remains to be done to improve the efficiency of banking intermediation. UK banks are playing a leading role in modernising China's financial sector.

British Overseas Territories

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the elected governing authorities of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the Falkland Islands, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Saint Helena (g) Anguilla, (h) Montserrat, (i) Bermuda, (j) the British Virgin Islands, (k) the Turks and Caicos Islands and (l) the Cayman Islands about their domestic monetary and fiscal policies since 1997. [39215]

John Healey: The Chancellor has made no direct representations to the elected governing authorities of the Crown Dependencies or Overseas Territories about their domestic monetary and fiscal policies since 1997.

However, the UK Government, led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development, has a continuing dialogue with the Overseas Territories on all aspects of domestic policy, including on occasion domestic monetary and fiscal policies.

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers of the intervention he has over the domestic monetary and fiscal policies of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the Falkland Islands, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Saint Helena (g) Anguilla, (h) Montserrat, (i) Bermuda, (j) the British Virgin Islands, (k) the Turks and Caicos Islands and (l) the Cayman Islands. [39216]

John Healey: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man (the Crown Dependencies) are self-governing dependencies of the Crown. They are not part of the United Kingdom. Each Crown Dependency has its own legislative assembly, administrative, legal and fiscal system and has domestic competence over its monetary and fiscal policies.

In the case of Gibraltar, domestic monetary and fiscal policy are Defined Domestic Matters under the Gibraltar Constitution. However, as Gibraltar is in the EU as part of the UK member state, they have an obligation to
 
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transpose EU legislation into domestic Gibraltar law, including in financial areas. HM Government liaises with the Government of Gibraltar to assist in undertaking this transposition. But monetary policy remains in the hands of the Government of Gibraltar.

The Falkland Islands and St. Helena have domestic competence over monetary and fiscal policy.

Anguilla, Montserrat, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands either use the US dollar as their currency or have currencies which are linked in value to the US dollar. Fiscal policy is the responsibility of the governing authorities of these territories.


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