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National Minimum Wage

Volume 591: debated on Thursday 22 January 2015

Today I publish the response document to a public consultation on the draft consolidated national minimum wage (NMW) regulations.

The NMW regulations, which set out the detailed NMW rules, came into force on 1 April 1999 and have since been amended over twenty times. As a red tape challenge measure, the Government consolidated the regulations to make them easier to understand and their order more logical. As part of this process, they did not open policy decisions behind the detailed rules.

The majority of respondents to the consultation welcomed the consolidation of these regulations but expressed that even further clarity would be welcome. The Government will therefore review the guidance during 2015, including the provision of more practical examples.

The response to the consultation is available online at: