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Minimum Wage

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) related agencies and non-departmental public bodies were affected by the increase in the minimum wage on 1 October. (96443)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) No staff in core-Defra, or its executive agencies (Central Science Laboratory; Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; Rural Payments Agency and Veterinary Laboratories Agency) who operate delegated pay arrangements, were affected by the increase in the national minimum wage on 1 October i.e. minimum salaries were already set at a level above the new rate quoted.

(b) In respect of the Department’s non-departmental public bodies, I am unable to comment on them, as this information is not readily available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.