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Minimum Wage

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (96447)

Pending the outcome of negotiations on the main pay award for MOD civilian staff from 1 August, the salaries of 1,693 MOD staff in the most junior pay band were increased from 1 October to meet the rise in the national minimum wage.

None of MOD's Trading Funds or non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) were affected by the rise.

The armed forces are exempt from the provisions of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.