Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Earnings on 18th July 1989.
Mr. Barry Field To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Isle of Wight is omitted from “Regional Trends”, No. 24 1989 edition in table 2.6 (i) average gross weekly earnings, male and female and (ii) gross domestic product 1984.
Mr. Major Regional figures for both average earnings and gross domestic product are based on estimates from sample surveys. For the Isle of Wight and for some other areas in the United Kingdom the sample size is too small for the publication of reliable estimates.