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Operation Gangmaster

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what costs have been incurred since the inception of (a) Operation Gangmaster and (b) the Gangmaster Working Group; what funds remain unallocated in each case; and if he will make a statement. [128785]

It is not possible to identify separately how much is spent on Operation Gangmaster activity.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been undertaken of Operation Gangmaster; and what plans there are to make an assessment. [128787]

A hearing on gangmasters by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee took place before the summer recess. The report was published on 18 September 2003. Operation Gangmaster will be reviewed in the light of the Committee's recommendations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 17 July 2003, Official Report, column 554W, on Operation Gangmaster, if he will list the members of the west Midlands forum under the Operation Gangmaster initiative. [129783]

When Operation Gangmaster began in 1998, forums were set up at Walsall and Cambridge to cover the west and east Midlands respectively. In

£Information
Average amount of Basic Pension73.61Forecasted Basic Pension at State Pension Age
Average amount of payable Additional

Pension
6.49This figure is based on contributions paid and is the actual amount to be

paid, this is unlikely to change unless the self-employed recipient reverts to

employed status.
Average amount of Graduated Retirement1.20
Benefit
Average amount per forecast letter81.291
1 The discrepancy of 1 p is due to rounding.