HC Deb 20 March 1996 vol 274 cc194-5W
Mr. MacShane

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures his Department is taking to ensure that its contractors and suppliers(a) pay their employees a wage which ensures such employees do not need supplementary welfare payments via various state benefits and (b) meet workplace health and safety regulations; and if he will make a statement. [21474]

Mr. Willetts

The Cabinet Office does not carry out checks on the wage rates paid by its contractors or suppliers. Terms and conditions of employment, including wages, are a matter between the contractor or supplier and his employees, subject to any relevant legal requirements.

All our contractors and suppliers are expected to comply with all legal requirements including the health and safety regulations.

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