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National Minimum Wage

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of employees who will be affected by the recent increase in the national minimum wage; and if he will make a statement. (166793)

Around one million people stand to benefit from the October 2007 uprating, nearly two thirds of them women.

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with HM Treasury on penalties for employers who fail to comply with national minimum wage legislation. (166796)

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with HM Treasury on penalties for employers who fail to comply with minimum wage legislation. (166798)

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussion he has had with HM Treasury on penalties for employers who fail to comply with national minimum wage legislation. (166804)

BERR officials discussed new penalty proposals with HM Treasury and other interested departments before issuing a public consultation this May. The consultation asked for views on the introduction of a penalty for all non-compliant employers as well as a fairer method of repaying workers who have been underpaid. We will be issuing the Government's response to the consultation shortly.

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the national minimum wage; and if he will make a statement. (166802)

The Low Pay Commission assesses the effect of the minimum wage as part of its remit. The national minimum wage continues to be highly effective at helping the low paid through an increased minimum wage, while making sure that it does not damage the employment prospects.