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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have been recorded as having (a) obstructed minimum wage compliance officers and (b) failed to produce required records in each year since the minimum wage was introduced, broken down by region.
HMRC does not keep statistics on the number of employers who have obstructed their compliance officers or failed to produce records. In 2007 there were two successful prosecutions of employers, one for obstructing a compliance officer and one for failing to produce records, in the London and South West regions. In 2008 there has been a successful prosecution of an employer in the East Midlands for failing to produce records.