§ 30. Mr. Skinner
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what evidence he has that the abolition of wages councils will result directly in employment growth; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholls
There is now a large body of research which establishes that there is a link between the level of pay and jobs and there are studies by academics and others which point to the adverse effects on jobs of statutory minimum rates. Employers also report that the levels at which wages council minima are set influence the amount of employment that they are prepared to offer.