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Minister apologises for error in minimum wage advice 28 June 2006

The Minister for Trade and Industry has written to all Members of Tynwald to apologise for issuing misleading information to them prior to the June sitting.

The information was supplied to Members, and the media, in connection with the proposed increases in Minimum Wage rates recommended by the Minimum Wage Committee. The Department stated that the recommendation of the Committee was unanimous, but this was a drafting error made by the Department’s officers.

The Minister’s letter confirms that two members of the Committee felt that the adult rate should have been £5.50 per hour instead of the £5.40 agreed by the majority of the Committee. The Committee’s recommendation, therefore, was not a unanimous decision.

The letter went on to remind Members that, as he had indicated in Tynwald, the Committee in making its deliberations is available to receive comments from Members of Tynwald as well as the usual consultees regarding this issue, and he would welcome their input.

The Minister assured members that there had been no intention to mislead them, and the rates, as approved, had the full support of his Department and the Treasury. He apologised to Members for this error.

Contacts for further information – Mark Kelly, Deputy CEO, DTI; phone 682370, email and Steve Woodward, DTI Group Manager - Training and Employment, phone 682380, email

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