Low Pay

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 18th December 2013.

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Photo of William Bain William Bain Labour, Glasgow North East 11:30 am, 18th December 2013

I am sure that the whole House will commend and agree with the Minister’s remarks about Lockerbie.

In his subsequent answer, the right hon. Gentleman omitted to say that prices had risen more quickly than wages in 41 of the 42 months he has served as a Minister in this House, that low pay was on the rise in Scotland and that the value of the national minimum wage had declined in real terms under this Government. When are he and the Business Secretary going to do something concrete to deal with all that? Or is he just going to sit on his hands while the cost of living crisis in Scotland gets worse by the day?