Power of Secretary of State to Suspend the National Minimum Wage in the Case of National or Local Economic Emergencies

Part of Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:45 pm on 9th March 1998.

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Photo of Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) 10:45 pm, 9th March 1998

My right hon. Friend may remember that I had ministerial responsibility for objective 5b areas, as he had in the early days of the scheme. I confirm that the economies of areas that are likely to benefit from an objective 5b scheme are highly marginal, and would be severely affected by a national minimum wage at anything like the indicated rate.