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Employment Agencies

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to improve the regulation of temporary worker employment agencies; and if he will make a statement. (179542)

Last December, Amendment Regulations to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 were approved by both Houses. These implement additional measures to protect vulnerable agency workers and come into force on 6 April.

We are also proposing measures in the current Employment Bill to increase penalties for offences against the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and to improve investigative and enforcement powers for the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate.

Last September we also announced our intention to double the number of Employment Agency standards inspectors: recruitment processes are already in train.