Ferries: Minimum Wage

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th May 2022.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) officials in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the potential merits of additional (a) funding and (b) staffing resources for HMRC National Minimum Wage Enforcement to increase its compliance and enforcement work in the ferry sector since 17 March 2022.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 30 March, the Secretary of State for Transport announced our nine-point plan to improve protections and welfare of Seafarers. As part of that plan we have been working with HMRC and BEIS on matters relating to the National Minimum Wage.

HMRC are responsible for the enforcement of National Minimum Wage within UK territorial waters and continue to target their enforcement activity by investigating any ferry operators, who are within scope of UK National Minimum Wage legislation, that they suspect do not pay their workers correctly. HMRC are clear that they will not stand for anyone shirking their obligation to pay at least the National Minimum Wage and, where they suspect someone isn’t living up to their responsibilities, they will not hesitate to use the full range of powers available to them.

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