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Agriculture: Pay

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the possible effect of the abolition of the (a) Agricultural Wages Board and (b) agricultural minimum wage on (i) pay levels, (ii) employment and (iii) the activities of unlicensed gangmasters in the agricultural sector.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

On the assumption that the Public Bodies Bill is given Royal Assent, DEFRA will carry out a public consultation on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board. We intend to publish a full impact assessment and equality impact assessment on the effects of any abolition as part of the consultation exercise.

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