Poverty

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:00 pm on 22nd March 2007.

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Photo of Campbell Martin Campbell Martin Independent 12:00 pm, 22nd March 2007

I am coming to Frank McAveety. Under the heading, "Wage Levels", the policy says:

"Average Gross Hourly pay in North Ayrshire is £8.75 compared to £10.17 in Scotland and £11.19 for Great Britain. It is 12% below the UK level of £9.60 per hour."

Does the First Minister support the Labour councillors in North Ayshire, who advertise the area as a low-wage economy and who, in essence, say to employers, "Our workers are exploited. Why don't you come and join in?" Does he support them, or will he condemn them and support the people who want wages to be raised so that people are taken out of poverty?