§ Mr. Redwood
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if it is government policy to accept the conclusions of the Low Pay Commission in full when it reports. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
[holding answer 15 December 1997]: The Government will give due weight and consideration to any recommendations which the Low Pay Commission makes on those matters referred to it. If, on making the first regulations, the Government decide to act in a different manner from the recommendations of the Commission a report shall be laid before both Houses containing a statement of the reasons for the decision.