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Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 23-24WS, on consultation on visitors (Government report), if she will take steps to ensure that protections which apply to overseas domestic workers in private households are extended to domestic workers in diplomatic households. (222735)

With the introduction of the points based system, all diplomatic missions wishing to employ domestic workers in their diplomatic households will need to seek a place on the UK Border Agency sponsor register. By signing up to the sponsor register, Missions will be agreeing to a number of criteria governing their employment of domestic workers. Private servants that work for foreign diplomats in the UK are protected from potential exploitation by UK law. We expect foreign diplomats to obey our laws and regulations and take seriously any alleged violation by those entitled to immunity. We would take appropriate action if any allegations of exploitation were to be brought to our attention.