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LABOUR PLANS FOR A NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1111: tabled on 10 May 1995

Tabled in the 1994-95 session.

This motion has been signed by 50 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House deplores the deceit of the Labour Party in failing to declare a figure for the national minimum wage; notes the report in the Guardian of 10th May that Mr Jack Dromey, husband of the honourable Member for Peckham, and challenger to Mr Morris for the TGWU leadership, `said that the TUC should campaign to persuade Labour to adopt a minimum wage figure of between ú4 and ú5 per hour before the election. He said he was confident that the TUC's policy will be ú4 per hour - "indeed, if you look ahead two years, it may be closure to ú5 per hour... we should seek support for that from the Labour Party".' further notes that studies by the OECD and IMF have stated that the policy of the minimum wage would cost jobs; recognises that a minimum wage in Britain of ú4 per hour, with only a half restoration of differentials would cost 750,000 jobs; reminds the honourable Member for Peckham of the comment of the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party on LWT, 25th May 1992 that 'I knew the consequences (of the minimum wage) were that there'd be some shake out (in the jobs market), any silly fool knew that'; and calls on the Labour Party to come clean on the level of the minimum wage and end this gross deceit of the British people.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brown, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Brigg and Cleethorpes
Budgen, Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Wolverhampton South West
Carlisle, John
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Luton North
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Stafford
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Romsey and Waterside
Congdon, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Croydon North East
Davies, Mr Quentin
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Stamford and Spalding
Duncan Smith, Mr Iain
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Chingford
Duncan, Mr Alan
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Rutland and Melton
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Dartford
Fry, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Wellingborough
Gardiner, Sir George
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Reigate
Grylls, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
North West Surrey
Hannam, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Exeter
Hargreaves, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hawkins, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Blackpool South
Hughes, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 17 May 1995
Harrow West
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
North Colchester
Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Burton
Legg, Barry
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Milton Keynes South West
Moate, Sir Roger
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Faversham
Neubert, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Romford
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 17 May 1995
Taunton
Pawsey, James
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Rugby and Kenilworth
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 1995
Corby
Riddick, Graham
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Colne Valley
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 1995
Broxbourne
Shaw, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Dover
Shepherd, Sir Colin
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Hereford
Skeet, Sir Trevor
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
North Bedfordshire
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
West Dorset
Stephen, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Shoreham
Thurnham, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 1995
Bolton North East
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Bridlington
Tracey, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Surbiton
Walker, Sir Harold
Labour
Signed on 10 May 1995
Doncaster Central
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
Eastbourne
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1995
Congleton
Yeo, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 1995
South Suffolk

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

LABOUR PLANS FOR A NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE (Amendment 1)
leave out from `deplores' to end and add `the drive by Ministers to create poverty in work based on hourly pay rates of under ú2 or ú3 an hour which shame a civilised society and which require subsidies by the tax-payer to low-wage firms via family and housing benefits to wage-earners earning so little they cannot sustain a decent family life; notes that the majority of OECD countries with minimum wage systems have a better record of both job creation and economic growth since 1980 than the United Kingdom; reaffirms the statement of Sir Winston Churchill made in this House that `It is a serious national evil that any class of His Majesty's subjects should recieve less than a living wage in return for their utmost exertions', and agrees with the statement of Lord Gilmour in the New Statesman that if the Prime Minister wishes to `create a classless society, it's not at all obvious that the best way of doing so is to make the poorest people even poorer'; notes that in the United States, Mr Newt Gingrich recently voted to increase the US minimum wage and that, in France, President Jacques Chirac, supports the French national monthly minimum salary, SMIC; welcomes the increasing international research showing that a minimum wage increases job stability and employment; and therefore expresses support for the minimum wage campaign launched by the honourable Member for Peckham and the TUC based on the fullest debate and partnership dialogue following a change of Government between employers and unions about the level at which the minimum wage should be set in the light of economic circumstances prevailing at the time and the best practicable manner in administering a minimum wage so that it place a floor under poverty pay exploitation, and sends a message to all citizens that they again live in one nation under an administration that accepts its responsibilities to eradicate poverty and heal social division instead of the present Government's policy of exacerbating both'.
Labour, Rotherham
126
signatures
EDM 1111A1: tabled on 11 May 1995