§ Mr. Rowlands
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in his Department and its associated bodies and agencies have benefited from the introduction of a national minimum wage. 
§ Mr. Ian McCartney
The lowest rate of pay for any staff in the Department increased from £7,785 to £7,900 per annum with effect from 1 April 1999. 170 staff benefited from this increase.