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Low Pay Commission

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

I am pleased to announce that the Government have today written to the Low Pay Commission setting out the terms of reference for their 2007 Report.

The Commission is asked to:

Continue to monitor, evaluate and review the NMW and its impact, with particular reference to the effect on pay, employment and competitiveness in the low paying sectors and small firms; the effect on different groups of workers, including different age groups, ethnic minorities, women and people with disabilities; the effect on pay structures; and taking into account the forthcoming changes to the statutory annual leave entitlement.

The Government have asked the Commission to report to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by the end of February 2007.

Copies of the terms of reference have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.