§ Mr. Ruffley
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from small businesses and small business organisations regarding the impact on the economy of a national minimum wage. 
§ Mr. Geoffrey Robinson
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and his Ministerial colleagues have received a number of representations. He 47W is keen to have the views of small businesses on this matter. That is why small businesses will be represented on the Low Pay Commission, which will advise the Government on the appropriate level of the minimum wage, taking into account the wider effects on the economy.