HC Deb 29 July 1997 vol 299 cc189-90W
10. Mr. Prior

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if Her Majesty's Government will take into account the likely cost to local authorities when setting a level for the minimum wage. [9357]

Ms Armstrong

The independent Low Pay Commission will be asked to take into account all economic circumstances, including the likely impact on employers, before reaching a recommendation on the level at which the national minimum wage might be set.