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Minimum Wage

Volume 685: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Jim Fitzpatrick) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am pleased to announce that the Government wrote to the Low Pay Commission on 22 September setting out our non-economic evidence on the national minimum wage.

The evidence outlines the Government's view on the following issues:

accommodation offset;


publicity and awareness;

particular groups of workers and related government issues; and

bank holidays.

The evidence has been placed in the Libraries of the House and will also be available on my department's website at