Employment: Vetting

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 19th July 2016.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will conduct a public inquiry into the practice of employment blacklisting; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Margot James Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Blacklisting is an unacceptable practice. The Government has to date, seen no evidence of this practice recurring since the introduction of the Blacklists Regulations in 2010. However, we understand the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is currently investigating some allegations of blacklisting.

We will be paying close attention to the outcome of these investigations, and once they are known we will consider whether any further action needs to be taken as a result.

Individuals who believe they have new evidence of blacklisting should provide this to the ICO so that it can decide whether there are grounds for an investigation using their powers under the Data Protection Act.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes2 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.