– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 16 July 2010.

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Question S3W-34943

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to influence the private sector to pay a living wage.

Alex Neil MSP: The Scottish Government is keen to ensure that people have a decent wage and from 1 August this year nobody employed by the Scottish Government will earn under £7.15 an hour - the current living wage level proposed by the Scottish Living Wage Campaign. However beyond the levels set by the National Minimum Wage, which is reserved to the UK Government, private sector pay is a matter for companies, their employees and Trade Unions.