Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

SESSION 2002-03
9 May 2003 GANGMASTERS INQUIRY:
Oral Evidence sessions


SESSION 2002-03
9 May 2003 GANGMASTERS INQUIRY:
Oral Evidence sessions

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced details of its remaining oral evidence sessions in its inquiry into gangmasters:

Wednesday 21 May 2003 - 2.30 pm
Transport and General Workers' Union; 'Operation Gangmaster'

Wednesday 4 June 2003 - 2.30 pm
Lord Whitty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government launched Operation Gangmaster in 1998 as a pilot initiative in Lincolnshire and parts of East Anglia.  It involves the enforcement agencies of various Government departments working together to stamp out illegal activity by agricultural gangmasters.  The Government departments involved include the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Customs and Excise, Inland Revenue and Defra.  The control of Operation Gangmaster now rests with the Gangmaster Working Group which is chaired by DWP.  The Government is currently rolling out Operation Gangmaster to other areas of the UK where gangmasters are active. 


For the Terms of Reference of this inquiry please see the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Press Notice published on 17 March 2003.


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