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Point of Order

Volume 583: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2014

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. During yesterday’s Work and Pensions questions, I asked:

“How many people are now employed on zero-hours contracts?”,

to which the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Wirral West (Esther McVey), replied:

“Roughly the same number who were employed on zero-hours contracts under the Labour Government in 2000.”—[Official Report, 23 June 2014; Vol. 583, c. 14.]

According to the Office for National Statistics, 225,000 people were on zero-hours contracts in 2000. Today, according to the latest figures, 583,000 are employed on zero-hours contracts. Would it be appropriate for you to call the Minister of State back to the Chamber to correct her misleading statement?

It would not be, but the hon. Gentleman has put that on the record, and I know that, tenacious as the hon. Gentleman is, further questions will now be tabled, and everyone will have heard the point that has been made.