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Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) when she plans that her consultation on the future of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority will begin;

(2) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 83WS, on Gangmasters Licensing Authority (Red Tape Challenge), when she proposes that the changes to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority will be implemented; and what (a) impact assessment she undertook and (b) discussions she had with (i) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (ii) trades unions, (iii) farming representatives and (iv) gangmaster representatives before the announcement.

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

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given in response to questions he asked on 21 June 2012, Hansard, column 1120W.

In respect of issues not covered in the earlier answer, changes to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) will be implemented over the next 12 months subject to the outcome of public consultation. The GLA was considered under the Red Tape Challenge's Employment Theme led by Ministers at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who were closely involved in deliberations. The Red Tape Challenge invited evidence on the future of the GLA from all interested parties, who will also be able to contribute to public consultation on our detailed proposals.

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