HC Deb 24 July 1978 vol 954 cc576-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1), as the remit of the Boyle Committee only covered a selected group of four classifications of the higher-paid persons, why he will not appoint another committee to deal with the question of wages and salaries of the rest of the workers employed in the groups controlled by these top-paid persons;

(2) why he will not refer to the Boyle Committee the question of the incomes of the poorer paid sections of the population, particularly those below the national average minimum wage, to ascertain what should be the national average minimum wage and how this should be applied;

(3) why he will not extend the standing remit of the Boyle Committee to include the miners, House catering and administrative staffs, firemen, national health staff and employees, and other groups of workers.

Mr. Harold Walker

Because it is neither necessary nor appropriate.