§ 46. Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the number of employers found to be paying below the legal minimum wage on the basis of visits by wages council inspectors; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alison
Information about the number of employers underpaying is not available as the statistics are compiled on the basis of the number of establishments inspected. In 1980, the latest date for which figures are available, wages inspectors found underpayments of wages, including holiday entitlements, at 12,154 of the establishments inspected. Inspections tend to be mostly concerned with areas where underpayment is most likely to be found.