HC Deb 21 October 1994 vol 248 cc351-2W
Mr. Peter Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each European country the levels of minimum pay and of unemployment for people(a) under 21 and (b) under 25 years.

Mr. Oppenheim

It is not possible to give details of the minimum pay of young people for each European country as the information is not held centrally. Equivalent information for people under 21 is unavailable. However, the following table shows the unemployment rates for people under 25 in European Union countries, with or without statutory minimum wages:

Countries with a statutory minimum wage Countries without a statutory minimum wage
ILO under-25 year-old unemployment rate (August1994) Per cent. ILO under-25 year-old unemployment rate (August 1994)Per cent.
Belgium 19.7 Denmark 10.9 (June)
France 23.2 Germany 5.1
Greece not available Ireland 24.9
Luxembourg 7.6 Italy 32.0
Netherlands 9.7 (June) Kingdom 13.2
Portugal 10.9
Spain 35.1 Union 19.4

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