HC Deb 16 May 1989 vol 153 c173W
71. Ms. Armstrong

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Wages Act 1986 on young workers' pay(a) by region and (b) nationally.

Mr. Nicholls

The removal of wages council minima has enabled employers to offer, and young people to accept, jobs at rates which would previously have been unlawful, and there is evidence that this has resulted in increased job opportunities for those under 21. It is not possible to measure the effect of this greater flexibility on pay levels, but there has been no general reduction in the earnings of young people in wages council trades. These have continued to increase in real terms.