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National Minimum Wage

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 17 January 2007

My honourable friend the Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Postal Services and Minister for London has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today announcing that the DTI will be undertaking a review of the national minimum wage in relation to voluntary workers. The review aims to explore whether or not any changes are necessary to the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, or identify alternative non-legislative options to clarify and/or add flexibility to it in respect of voluntary workers. The review would also address the Low Pay Commission's 2005 recommendation to consolidate relevant guidance. There is no intention of altering the original scope of the National Minimum Wage Act in terms of those who should, or should not, be paid the minimum wage.