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National Pay Agreements

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what is his assessment of the implications for (a) the level of migration from one part of the United Kingdom to another and (b) the level of emigration from the United Kingdom of abolishing national pay agreements.

The ending of national pay agreements will enable employers to pay rates of pay that can be afforded by them and are necessary to recruit and retain staff of the required quality in their own locality. This should help to speed up the growth of employment and reduce regional disparities in unemployment, but I do not believe that it would have any discernible effect on migration or emigration.