Modern Slavery Act 2015

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 26th October 2017.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) 12:44 pm, 26th October 2017

One of the critical issues is inspection and enforcement within the labour market. Does my hon. Friend agree that resourcing that is crucial? A recent report by Focus on Labour Exploitation, a charity of which I am a trustee, detailed how far we are lagging behind other European countries in International Labour Organisation-recommended levels of resourcing. Is he concerned that we have only 0.4 inspectors per 10,000 workers while Poland has twice as many and Norway over three times as many, and that we allocate just £7.69 per worker for enforcement while, closer to home, Ireland spends twice as much? Does he think that the Minister needs to address this issue in her response?