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Wages Inspectorate

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) whether he will publish by region and sub-region, the latest breakdown of Wages Inspectorate staff, showing separately those who are outdoor inspectors, on an establishment and in post basis, and if he will also publish comparable figures for April 1979;(2) whether he will publish for the years 1970, 1974 and 1978 onwards in respect of the north western (east) division of Wages Inspectorate

(a) the number of wages council establishments registered, (b) the proportion of these inspected by visit, (c) the proportion of firms inspected by visit found to be underpaying, (d) the total arrears assessed and (e) the total arrears paid;

(3) whether he will publish estimates for 1984 on (a) establishments covered by wages councils, (b) numbers of inspections and underpayments, (c) numbers of workers covered, together with figures on underpayment and arrears assessed and (d) a regional breakdown of wages council inquiries, in the same format as that used in the reply given on 4 June 1984, Official Report, columns 103–4, together with a breakdown of arrears assessed and arrears actually paid by wages council and region; and whether he will also indicate the number and regional location of cases of underpayment where the employer was prosecuted, and where civil proceedings were taken to recover arrears of wages;

(4) whether he will publish for the north-west (east) division of the Wages Inspectorate a breakdown by wages council of (a) the number of firms inspected and number of workers whose pay was checked, showing those by visit and those by other method, (b) the number of firms found to be underpaying, (c) the number of workers underpaid, (d) the total arrears assessed and (e) the total arrears actually recovered, in the last year for which figures are available.