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Access And Barclay Cards

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what action will be taken against firms which choose to allocate part of their employees' remuneration in the form of guaranteed expenditure on Access and Barclay cards;(2) what statutory powers his Department has for withholding Government and public purchase contracts from firms which choose to allocate part of their employees' remuneration in the form of guaranteed expenditure on Access and Barclay cards;(3) what is his policy with regard to firms which choose to pay part of their employees' remuneration in the form of guaranteed expenditure on Access and Barclay cards.

In so far as these Questions relate to methods of remuneration they are in general a matter for negotiation between the employer and the employee, and increases in remuneration, by whatever method paid, should be contained within the pay limit. If the hon. Member has any specific instances which he wishes to draw to my attention, then I should be willing to consider their implications for the various requirements which bear upon the payment of wages.