Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 6 July 2015.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport 2:30, 6 July 2015

What plans she has for future resourcing of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Future levels of Government funding for all public bodies will be considered as part of the next spending review. We are committed to resourcing the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to ensure it can deliver on its purpose of protecting vulnerable and exploited workers.

Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

The Minister will recognise that the GLA is massively important in combating people trafficking and illegal working. Can she guarantee that its workforce will not be reduced?

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I know that the hon. Gentleman takes a great interest in the GLA, which I agree does excellent work. He will know that we committed in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to a review of it, and that is now taking place as part of the wider cross-Government review of a single labour market enforcement agency.