Local businesses and town centres

 Chris Stephens 

(Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment) 

This is my first statutory instrument debate in the Chamber, and it is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is also a pleasure to follow Gillian Keegan.

The shadow Minister refers to small increases in the minimum wage. An increase of 38p in the national minimum wage is now being introduced. Can she tell the House in how many of the 10 years after the introduction of the national minimum wage the Labour Government made a bigger increase than the 38p that workers will see under this increase?


Chi Onwurah (Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy))

When businesses are repeatedly found to have breached national minimum wage regulations, will the Minister ensure that HMRC proactively investigates other cases of staff employed on similar terms and with similar contracts, rather than requiring each employee to demonstrate separately that he or she has been underpaid?


Kelly Tolhurst (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy))

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support library provision.


Mike Wood:

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Mike Wood: It is a pleasure to be called to participate in my first Westminster Hall debate under your chairmanship, Mr Crausby. I join my right hon. and hon. Friends in congratulating Richard Burden on securing the debate on this extremely important topic. As the son of a west midlands police officer, who served for nearly 30 years in West Midlands police and before that in the Birmingham force, through the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and mid-’90s, this issue is important to me personally.