HC Deb 29 June 1983 vol 44 c89W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take steps to prohibit the practice of employers deducting till discrepancies from employees' wages; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gummer

The Truck Acts 1831 to 1940 provide such protections to manual workers, and to shop assistants in respect of fines imposed by employers. We are currently reviewing the working of the Truck Acts and related legislation in the light of responses made to our consultative document on updating the law relating to the payment of wages. We note and share the concern that is felt over cases where arbitrary deductions make inroads into pay packets and will give due weight to this in preparing proposals which will be put to the House in due course.