Gangmasters

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

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

(1) following the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 June 2012 on gangmasters, what steps her Department is taking to investigate the use of repayment orders for gangmaster-related offences; and by what date she expects this to take place;

(2) following the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 June 2012 on gangmasters, by what date she expects to have referred the development of sentencing guidelines for gangmaster-related offences to the Ministry of Justice.

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

On 24 May 2012, Hansard, columns 83-85WS, I announced the outcome of the Government's Red Tape Challenge in respect of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). This included bringing forward proposals for consultation on the introduction of fines and penalties for low level technical and minor offences, including a measure similar to a Repayment Order. Detailed proposals will be published later this year.

As part of the wider work on the GLA being taken forward as a result of proposals arising from the Red Tape Challenge, and following commitments given during the Westminster Hall Debate on 20 June 2012, Hansard, columns 272-80WH, we will look at whether it would be appropriate to issue sentencing guidelines for gangmaster-related offences. We will make further announcements in due course.

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