To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will set out in (a) domestic currency and (b) pounds sterling at purchasing power parity exchange rates, the statutory national minimum wage, on the minimum wage established through bargaining in key industries, in (i) each EU state, (ii) the USA and (iii) Japan. 
[holding answer 18 November 1997]: My department does not systematically collect information on all countries. What information is available is set out in the table.
|National minimum wages in selected countries for 1997|
|Local currency||Local currency rate||period||PPP£ equivalent|