Tourism and Hospitality — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Labour 3:22 pm, 21st January 2015

My Lords, I am well aware that many of these employers in the tourism sector are SMEs and have particular difficulties, but the tourism industry is a major part of the British economy. Was the Minister as shocked as I was to see a major hotel chain named and shamed last week as not paying the national minimum wage? Could he advise the House what proportion of those employed in the tourism industry are on the national minimum wage, how many are on the living wage, how many are on zero-hours contracts and what initiative the Government are prepared to take to raise the level of skill and training in the tourism and hospitality sector?