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Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What steps the Department of Trade and Industry has taken to notify employment agencies that if they place anyone within the agriculture and food processing industries that agency must have a gangmasters’ licence. [HL7086]

Our officials have been in close touch with the relevant employment agency trade association, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, regarding the requirements for licensing under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act. They have also been working closely with colleagues at the Gangmasters Licensing Authority regarding the implications for employment agencies who supply workers to the agriculture and food processing industries. The GLA has produced a range of publications and guidance for all labour providers which are available on their website or in hard copy. They have worked closely with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation to ensure that employment businesses and agencies are aware of the requirements for licensing.