Zero-hours Contracts

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:00 pm on 19th March 2014.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck 4:00 pm, 19th March 2014

I congratulate my hon. Friend on bringing this important issue to Westminster Hall. Does she agree that the recent figure of 500,000 zero-hours contracts is quite conservative? Other analysis suggests that there are more than 1 million people on such contracts. For those 1 million people, there is no production or wages, and they have no economic input whatever. If we have 1 million-plus people on zero-hours contracts, is that not a way of fiddling the employment or unemployment statistics that we are currently being fed by the Government?