§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of workers covered by visits from the wages inspectorate was shown as being paid below the relevant wages council rate for the latest available year.
§ Mr. Nicholls
In 1988 9.1 per cent. of workers whose pay was checked by visit were found to be underpaid. This cannot be taken as indicating the general level of compliance with wages council orders because the inspectorate concentrates its visits on establishments where underpayment is more likely to be found.