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National Minimum Wage Act 1995
National Minimum Wage Act 1995
An Act to introduce a national minimum wage, and for connected purposes

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual & Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

1. Workers to be paid at least the national minimum wage
(1) A person who qualifies for the national minimum wage shall be remunerated by his employer in respect of his work in any pay reference period at a rate which is not less than the national minimum wage.

(2) A person qualifies for the national minimum wage if he is an individual who:
A) is a worker, and
B) is working, or ordinarily works, in the United Kingdom under his contract; and
C) has ceased to be of compulsory school age.

(3) The national minimum wage shall be such single hourly rate as the Secretary of State may from time to time prescribe, initially to be set at £3.50.

2. Enforcement
(1) An employer who is found to have failed in any reference period to pay the national minimum wage to any employee shall be liable to be fined an amount non in excess of twice the estimable value of the relevant underpayment or underpayments.

3. Exemptions
(1) The Secretary of State may exempt specific bodies of people from receipt of the national minimum wage by order in council.

4. Short Title, Extent & Commencement
(1) This Act may be cited as the National Minimum Wage Act 1995.

(2) This Act shall be enforced in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(3) This Act shall come into force on 1 January 1997.


Today is not an Opposition Day, I therefore ask the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister whether they accept this Bill and whether they will make time for it.
Madam Speaker,

As this bill was not submitted during an opposition day time will not be allocated for debate
Sir Harold Saxon MP

Acting Prime Minister

Chancellor of the Exchequer (1994 - )
MP for Aylesbury

The House will now move to other business

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