§ 20. Mr. Sutcliffe
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans her Department has to introduce a national minimum wage. 
§ Mr. Ian McCartney
The Gracious Speech set out the Government's intention to bring forward legislation for the introduction of a national minimum wage. We are already moving to set up an independent Low Pay Commission to advise the Government on the level at which the minimum wage might be introduced.
§ Mr. McCartney
I have received a number of representations on the minimum wage and social chapter. Employers in every industrial sector support the principle of a national minimum wage. By rejecting an "empty chair" policy on the social chapter, we will enable the UK to use its influence to ensure that European measures promote labour market flexibility and maximise employability.