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Minimum Wage

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 24 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many (a) complaints about, and (b) investigations into payment of wages of less than the national minimum have been received and initiated by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since the minimum wage came into force; whether they are able to distinguish complaints by United Kingdom citizens from those made by migrant workers; and how many prosecutions have taken place following investigations. [HL3279]

The numbers of complaints about and investigations into payment of wages of less than the national minimum wage are as follows:

Complaints Received

Investigations

1999-00

4,682

6041

2000-01

2,365

7256

2001-02

1,722

5368

2002-03

1,998

6238

2003-04

1,969

5541

2004-05

1,946

5155

2005-06

2,141

4904

2006-07

2,210

4235

HM Revenue and Customs does not collect information which would allow it to distinguish between complaints made by UK citizens and those made by migrant workers.

To date there have been no criminal prosecutions in relation to underpayment of the minimum wage.