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Living Wage — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:36 pm on 6th November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative 3:36 pm, 6th November 2013

My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the first priority of a business is to stay profitable and in business if it is to employ anyone at all? It would be a bit odd if the wages paid to a worker were based not on his value to the business, but on his various commitments and obligations. Surely that cannot be right.