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Low Pay Commission

Volume 560: debated on Tuesday 26 March 2013

On 10 July 2012 the Minister of State, Department of Health, my hon. Friend the Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), former Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs announced the commencement of the triennial review of the Low Pay Commission (LPC). I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review.

The Low Pay Commission is a statutory body which plays an important role providing independent advice to Government about the national minimum wage.

The review concludes that the functions performed by the Low Pay Commission are still required and that it should be retained as an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB). The review also looked at the governance arrangements for LPC in line with guidance on good corporate governance set out by the Cabinet Office. The report makes some recommendations in this respect; these will be implemented shortly.

The full report of the review of the LPC can be found on the website and copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.