Zero-hours Contracts

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

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (International Development) 4:00 pm, 19th March 2014

My hon. Friend has pre-empted exactly what I am going to say. It is interesting that a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Minister will respond to the debate, but we could do with having the Health Minister here, given how rampant zero-hours contracts are in the care sector. We could also do with the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, who has responsibility for employment, because I want to know exactly how many people we have forced to take jobs with zero-hours contracts to get them off the claimant count.