HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 cc439-40W
Mr. Hepburn

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions are being made to ensure that(a) post-GCSE students taking summer jobs and (b) sixth formers with Saturday jobs are covered by the new minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds. [166814]

Dawn Primarolo

The new minimum wage rate will cover all 16 and 17 year olds who have ceased to be of compulsory school age, with an exemption for apprentices and those engaged in specified pre-apprenticeship training programmes. The Government will bring in regulations to implement the new minimum wage rate before Parliament ahead of the Summer recess and the new rate will come into effect on 1 October. The DTI is considering how best to raise awareness of the new minimum wage among 16 and 17 year olds and their employers.

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