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Principal Wages Inspector

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment why the principal wages inspector refuses to make available to hon. Members the guidance notes issued to inspectors for use when deciding whether or not to prosecute an employer who is paying below wages council levels.

The principle on which consideration of prosecution action is based, which is that the offence should be deliberate or repeated and the evidence judged sufficient, has always been made clear to hon. Members. The detailed procedural notes issued to inspectors assume a knowledge on the part of the user which can be gained only after training and experience and are, in any event, for internal use only.