New clause 8 - General power of Authority to make rules

Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 28th April 2004.

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'(1) The Authority may make such rules as it thinks fit in connection with the licensing of persons acting as gangmasters.

(2) The rules may, in particular—

(a) prescribe the form and contents of applications for licences and other documents to be filed in connection with applications;

(b) regulate the procedure to be followed in connection with applications and authorise the rectification of procedural irregularities;

(c) prescribe time limits for doing anything required to be done in connection with an application and provide for the extension of any period so prescribed;

(d) prescribe the requirements which must be met before a licence is granted;

(e) provide for the manner in which the meeting of those requirements is to be verified;

(f) allow for the grant of licences on a provisional basis before it is determined whether the requirements for the grant of a licence are met and for the withdrawal of such licences (if appropriate) if it appears that those requirements are not met;

(g) prescribe the form of licences and the information to be contained in them;

(h require the payment of such fees as may be prescribed or determined in accordance with the rules;

(i) provide that licences are to be granted subject to conditions requiring the licence holder—

(i) to produce, in prescribed circumstances, evidence in a prescribed form of his being licensed, and

(ii) to comply with any prescribed requirements relating to the recruitment, use and supply of workers.

(3) The Authority must consult the Secretary of State before making any rules about fees.

(4) In subsection (2) ''prescribed'' means prescribed by the rules.'.—[Jim Sheridan.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.