National Minimum Wage

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister (International Development), International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 781W, on wage levels, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions have been brought against employers found not to be complying with the national minimum wage in each year since the introduction of the national minimum wage.

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

The Inland Revenue has a range of enforcement tools at its disposal but successfully resolves the great majority of cases through conciliation without enforcement action being needed. As a result, to date there have been no criminal prosecutions in relation the underpayment of the minimum wage.

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