HC Deb 04 December 1989 vol 163 c72W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what criteria are used to determine what is an excessive wage claim.

Mr. Nicholls

Businesses themselves must judge what is or is not "excessive" in the light of all the relevant circumstances. Excessive wage claims are irresponsible and, if conceded, would erode competitiveness and destroy jobs.