§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had about extending minimum wage protection to 16 to 17-year-olds; and what plans she has to do so. 
§ Alan Johnson
We have no plans to extend the minimum wage to 16 to 17-year-olds. However, I recently announced new terms of reference for the Low Pay Commission and will of course carefully consider any recommendations made on this issue in their next report.