National Minimum Wage

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Labour, North East Derbyshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy that the standard national minimum wage rate applies to all people of working age.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The independent Low Pay Commission advises Government on the national minimum wage and in their most recent report they confirmed that youth rates were justified, but in line with the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission we have agreed to bring 21-year-olds on to the adult rate. This will happen from October this year.

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