Minimum Wage

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Shadow Secretary of State for Industry

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been spent investigating companies suspected of having broken the rules on the minimum wage in each year since its introduction.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs)

The Inland Revenue enforce the minimum wage on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The following table gives details of the funding the DTI has provided the Revenue in each year since the introduction of the minimum wage in April 1999.

£ million
1999–2000 3.5 plus 1.9 start-up costs
2000–01 3.5
2001–02 4.7
2002–03 5.85
2003–04 (forecast) 5.7

Funding in the first two years did not cover overheads, including accommodation costs. Three new compliance teams were established in 2002–03, as were a number of local enforcement pilot projects to help improve compliance with the minimum wage.

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