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Employment Protection

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what adjustment would be needed in each of the limits listed in the draft statutory instrument, The Employment Protection (Variation of Limits) Order 1979, to restore them to their values at the time of introduction.

The weekly earnings limit for redundancy payments was fixed at £40 in 1965. An increase to approximately £160 would be necessary to keep in line with increases in the retail price index to September 1979. The earnings limits for the insolvency provisions and for basic awards under the unfair dismissal provisions of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978 have, since their introduction, been the same as that applied to redundancy payments.The limit for guarantee pay was fixed initially at £6 per day in February 1977. Based on the RPI increase to September 1979, a current figure of £8 would have the same value.