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Minimum Wage

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Copeland have had their incomes increased as a result of the introduction of the national minimum wage. (111387)

Data at the parliamentary constituency level are not available. However, the DTI estimates that around 160,000 people in the North West of England (including Merseyside) stood to benefit from the October 2006 uprating of the national minimum wage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect the introduction of the national minimum wage has had upon income levels in Copeland. (111389)

Data at the parliamentary constituency level is not available. However, according to the Office for National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, median hourly pay excluding overtime in the north-west of England (including Merseyside) rose 34 per cent. since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) (from £6.95 in 1998 to £9.32 in 2006). Though the NMW would have made some contribution to this increase, no quantitative assessment of its impact has been made.