Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:01 pm on 17th March 1988.

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Photo of Mr Max Madden Mr Max Madden , Bradford West 5:01 pm, 17th March 1988

The right hon. and learned Gentleman has been talking about new jobs. Is he concerned about the proportion of those new jobs that often involve long hours of work, including night and regular weekend work, for rates of pay which, in many cases, are less than £2 an hour? Is he concerned that there are allegations that jobcentres are advertising jobs, which are affected by wage councils, at rates that are below the legal minimum for those jobs? What action is being taken to ensure that jobcentres do not collude with unscrupulous employers and advertise jobs below legal minimum rates? What is being done to improve the rates of pay and the conditions of work of many of the new jobs being created in this enterprise culture?