Minimum Wage

Treasury written question – answered on 19th March 2009.

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Photo of Jon Cruddas Jon Cruddas Labour, Dagenham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff there are in the national minimum wage regional compliance team in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Belfast, (c) Birmingham, (d) Cambridge, (e) Cardiff, (f) East Kilbride, (g) Exeter, (h) Maidstone, (i) Teesside, (j) Portsmouth, (k) Romford, (l) Sheffield, (m) Ashton, (n) Shipley, (o) Wigan and (p) Leicester; how many staff he expects there to be in each such team in 2010; and how many cases each such team presented to employment tribunals on behalf of employees in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

The following table contains the current number of staff in post in each national minimum wage (NMW) compliance team. Projected staffing figures for 2010 are not available, due to HM Revenue and Customs' current review of its business operations and practices.

NMW compliance officers do not present cases to employment tribunals on behalf of low-paid workers. Where an employer appeals against the issue of an enforcement notice by a compliance officer, a compliance officer may appear as a respondent.

Team Staff in post
Aberdeen 4
Ashton 8
Belfast 8
Birmingham 8
Cambridge 8
Cardiff 8
East Kilbride 7
Exeter 8
Leicester 7
Maidstone 7
Oxford 4
Portsmouth 6
Romford 9
Sheffield 7
Shipley 8
Teesside 10
Wigan 8
Total 125

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