National Minimum Wage

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:22 pm on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 3:22 pm, 15th October 2014

That is the kind of bureaucracy that does not work for working people, and which the hon. Member for South Derbyshire deplored. The Prime Minister gave me a personal commitment at the Dispatch Box that those companies would be named and shamed. He is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and I do not believe that he does not have the power to do that. It would set a real example.

I support the motion. I am looking forward to hearing my hon. Friend Julie Hilling so I will draw my remarks to a close by saying that there are good ideas across the Chamber and good will on this issue. It is absolutely clear, however, that we need a Labour Government again to continue the work of the Raunds strikers in 1905, and of those Labour Members who pushed the minimum wage through in 1997.