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Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what pay safeguards UK seafarers have on UK registered ships outside UK waters. [106858]

Subject to the provisions of the National Minimum Wage, rates of pay are matters for negotiation between employers and employees.

The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 provides that mariners employed on a UK registered ship are covered by the Act unless their employment is wholly outside the UK, or they are not ordinarily resident in the UK.