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Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I assure my hon. Friend that I have had no dutiable refreshment. The central point of the new clause concerns the impact that the national minimum wage will have on different Government Departments and the crucial question for the British people of whether those Departments will be compensated for the cost of meeting the national minimum wage. People are right to be concerned about that and...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend is right. We put that argument in Committee and the Government were minded to accept it. The Minister has repeatedly made the point that he accepted the exclusion of the armed forces because they have a pay review body. Is he thinking of excluding nurses and teachers because they have pay review bodies? I suspect not, but that would be one way to deal with the impact of the...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: The new clause relates to the public finances. Like me, my hon. Friend is a taxpayer, so perhaps we should both declare an interest.

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in view of speculation that the annual spending round may be consigned to history, it would be infinitely preferable for the assessment to be done by means of the Budget report, as proposed in new clause 14?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: Has it occurred to my hon. Friend that there may be a third route? The Secretary of State for Health may be encouraged to follow the Secretary of State for Defence in seeking an opt-out from the Bill for the national health service.

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: Has it occurred to my hon. Friend that there is a Minister who serves in both the Department of Trade and Industry and the Treasury who could provide an apposite conduit for such a conversation between the two Departments—the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe? As the impact of the minimum wage on our public sector finances will directly affect our competitiveness in...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I cannot and will not attempt to match the eloquence of my hon. Friend the Member for Epping Forest (Mrs. Laing). I have one or two more prosaic points to make. The proposal in new clause 14 is important and as the debate has progressed I have become more convinced that it should stand part of the Bill. Essentially, we should be looking at the effect of the national minimum wage on public...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for that point. The important issue is that, without knowing the extent to which differential restoration will occur, it is difficult for the Government or anyone else accurately to predict the cost of the national minimum wage to the public purse or to any individual or company in the private sector. That is why it is so important to have a mechanism for reviewing...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I suspect that the Government, if challenged on that point, would retreat behind their customary mask of saying that the Low Pay Commission has not yet recommended a rate and that it is impossible—as, indeed, it is—to estimate the impact of the national minimum wage on the public or private sector without knowing the rate at which it...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: As I said, I think that it is difficult for anyone to estimate with any certainty the cost of any pay rate, because of the imponderable of differential restoration, although I am quite prepared to follow my hon. Friend's guidance that the cost would be of that order. The issue will be critical to the public sector. The fact that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is reported to be considering...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: May I remind my hon. Friend that, with the financial memorandum that appeared with the original draft of the Bill that was considered in Standing Committee, the Government spoke of setting a sensible rate, which would have no effect on the level of employment? Would he care to comment on that?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Operation of Agricultural Wages Orders (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I thank the Minister for giving way just before she concludes. Does she agree that one of the benefits of the new clause would be that it would send a clear signal to the agricultural community that there is a recognition of the special problems under which it is labouring and that the Government recognise that up front and are prepared to say that there will be a review at a fixed point in time?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Operation of Agricultural Wages Orders (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. As he said, there may be various reasons why the Government are reluctant to have any formalised report on the agricultural sector. The direct impact of the minimum wage will be only one of those reasons. I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for having strayed a little in my earlier remarks, having been tempted by my hon. Friend the Member for...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Operation of Agricultural Wages Orders (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. As I have said, differential restoration—as a result of the cutting in of the national minimum wage between two levels of pay that already exist within an enterprise—will be a problem across all sectors of industry, but there is no other sector in which there is currently a statutory arrangement for fixing wages, and I think that it...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Operation of Agricultural Wages Orders (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I shall not risk your wrath, Mr. Deputy Speaker, by being tempted into an analysis of the finer points of the theory of the McCartney curve. I agree, however, that people with no jobs are unlikely to be effective consumers. The impact of the minimum wage legislation will be felt most seriously in sectors of industry and business where the United...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Operation of Agricultural Wages Orders (9 Mar 1998)

Philip Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is not clear how the agricultural wages legislation will interact with the minimum wage legislation on that? It is not yet clear how waiting time and standby time will be treated in calculations of whether the minimum wage has been paid.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: National Minimum Wage (19 Feb 1998)

Philip Hammond: What representations he has made to the President of the Board of Trade with regard to the minimum wage. [28749]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: National Minimum Wage (19 Feb 1998)

Philip Hammond: Is the Minister aware of the National Farmers Union estimate that a minimum wage, if introduced at half male median male earnings, would add about £250 million per annum to the costs of agriculture, and that those costs would fall disproportionately on the sectors that employ a large number of casual workers? What studies has he commissioned to assess the impact on agriculture of the...


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