Wages Councils

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st October 1985.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Edwards Mr Nicholas Edwards , Pembroke 12:00 am, 21st October 1985

No. There is clear evidence from this and many other countries that high initial rates of pay as employees enter industry without skills result in more unemployed youngsters. Labour Members have expressed concern in previous supplementary questions about unemployed youngsters. They should take serious note of the fact that these youngsters are more likely to get jobs if they start at lower rates. They will then have better prospects for the future. To discount the overwhelming evidence of that fact is not to do any service for those of whom Labour Members speak.