§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what further specific reference he proposes to make to the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Booth
I intend shortly to make a reference on lower incomes in the following proposed termsThere is a need for a comprehensive and objective analysis of incomes at lower levels (say about the lowest 25 per cent. of income recipients).The Government therefore ask the Commission:
- (i) to analyse the present position in the levels and distribution of such incomes from all sources before and after tax, in relation not only to individuals but also to households and families;
- (ii) to analyse past trends in such incomes, including trends in low pay generally since NBPI Report No. 169 in April 1971;
- (iii) to examine the economic, social and other factors which give rise to low incomes, both inclusive and exclusive of incomes derived from social security benefits.The Government would welcome a progress report within one year.
I am inviting any comments on these proposed terms of reference to be sent to my Department by 9th June.701W