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Agency Workers

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 14 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1385-89, on the draft legislative programme, when he plans to complete consultation on legislative proposals on the treatment of agency workers. (207002)

Following my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's statement, the Government have been in close contact with the CBI and TUC and welcome the agreement that they reached on 20 May on how fairer treatment for agency workers should be promoted. The Government will now engage with their European partners to seek agreement on the terms of the agency workers directive that will enable this agreement to be brought into legal effect in the UK.