§ Mr. Tom King
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many(a) full-time and (b) part-time employees of his Department and its agencies are paid (i) less than £4 an hour, (ii) less than £3.50 an hour and (iii) less than £3 an hour. 
§ Mr. Ron Davies
Full and part-time staff are paid on the same basis; the number of hours worked does not affect the hourly rate of pay.
On 31 March 1997, the number of permanent staff in Welsh Office and its Agency (Cadw) earning less than:
- (i) £4 per hour was 128.
- (ii) £3.50 per hour was nil.
- (iii) £3 per hour was nil.
In addition some 180 casual staff were employed on 31 March 1997 as AA or equivalent. Many of these will be employed towards the bottom of the relevant pay scale which is equivalent to less than £4 per hour. Information about precse numbers can be provided only at disproportionate cost.