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National Minimum Wage: Migrant Workers

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 17 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Department for Work and Pensions has received complaints from migrant workers about wages of less than the national minimum; and, if so, how many complaints have been received. [HL3094]

The information is not collected centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The national minimum wage, which is enforced by HMRC on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry, applies where non-agricultural work is undertaken. The Agricultural Wages Order, which provides for an agricultural minimum wage rate, is enforced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in England and by the National Assembly for Wales's agriculture department in Wales. Any complaints received by the Department for Work and Pensions are passed to the relevant department for consideration.