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Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the possible effect of the relocation of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to his Department on the activities of unlicensed gangmasters in the agricultural sector; and when he last met ministerial colleagues from DEFRA to discuss this issue.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

There are currently no plans to relocate the Gangmasters Licensing Authority from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to BIS. Therefore, no assessment has been made of the effect this might have. I last met with colleagues from DEFRA to discuss this and other issues on 14 September 2010, when we agreed that in the short term our priority should be ensuring that the current enforcement arrangements worked well.

Under the Review of Workplace Rights Compliance and Enforcement we are looking at the scope to streamline activity and increase effectiveness. The review will be looking at a wide-range of different compliance and enforcement models. All options are on the table. As outlined in the ministerial statement of 12 October 2011, Hansard, columns 29-30WS, we will need to consider any eventual outcomes in the light of consultations under the employment strand of the Red Tape Challenge.

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