37. Mr. Ron Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government with regard to prosecuting employers when details are known of underpayment of wages council rates.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The wages inspectorate's policy, endorsed by successive Governments over many years, is to seek compliance with the wages council legislation by advice, persuasion and prosecution which is considered only where the offence is deliberate or repeated and the evidence adequate.