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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 31st July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the social and economic consequences of restricting zero-hours contracts to students and pensioners.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Government has not made an estimate of the social and economic consequences of restricting zero hour contracts to students and pensioners.

Further to my oral statement in the House on 11 July regarding the publication of the independent Review of Modern Working Practices by Matthew Taylor, the Review concluded that the UK has employment levels and rates that are at historic highs. It also concluded that the UK is widely recognised as having one of the most flexible labour markets in the world and many people working on atypical contracts value the flexibility that they bring and choose to work this way.

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