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Gangmasters

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of The Duke of Montrose The Duke of Montrose Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the past three years, how many applications for a gangmaster licence have been for businesses with (a) 1-2 employees, (b) 3-5 employees, (c) 6-15 employees, and (d) over 16 employees.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) does not hold figures for the number of workers employed by licence holders as they do not use this information when processing licence applications. However, the GLA does hold information on the size of the financial turnover in the regulated sectors for each business that holds a gangmasters licence as it is this that determines the level of the licence fee charged.

There are four licence fee bands:

Annual Turnover in the GLA regulated sector Fee Band
£10 million or more A
From £5 million to less than £10 million B
From £1 million to less than £5 million C
Less than £1 million D

For each of those bands, for each of the past three financial years, the number of licence holders (consisting of new and renewal applications) is:

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
A 13 18 17
B 22 16 20
C 172 164 152
D 1,083 1,042 979

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