New clause 19 - Information relating to gangmasters

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

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'(1) Information held by any person for the purposes of, or for any purpose connected with, the exercise of functions under this Act—

(a) may be supplied to any other person for use for any such purpose, and

(b) may be supplied to any person having functions in relation to—

(i) the enforcement of any other enactment applying to the operations of a person acting as a gangmaster,

(ii) the enforcement of any other enactment in connection with accommodation, meals or facilities provided to workers, or the conditions in which they work, or

(iii) offences committed by workers in connection with or by reason of their doing work to which this Act applies,

for use for the purposes of, or for any purpose connected with, those functions.

(2) Information relating to the operations of a person acting as a gangmaster which is held by any person for the purposes of, or for any purpose connected with, such functions as are mentioned in subsection (1)(b) may be supplied to any person having functions under this Act for the purposes of, or for any purpose connected with, the exercise of those functions.

(3) Information supplied under subsection (2) by or on behalf of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or the Commissioners of Customs and Excise must not be supplied by the recipient to any other person without the consent of the Commissioners concerned.

(4) This section—

(a) has effect notwithstanding any restriction on the disclosure of information imposed by any enactment or rule of law, and

(b) does not limit the circumstances in which information may be used or supplied apart from this section.

(5) In this section ''enactment'' means an Act of Parliament, an Act of the Scottish Parliament or any Northern Ireland legislation or any instrument made under or having effect by virtue of an Act of Parliament, an Act of the Scottish Parliament or any Northern Ireland legislation.

(6) References in this section to a person having functions of any description include references to any person providing, or employed in the provision of, services for that person in connection with those functions.'.—[Jim Sheridan.]

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