MPs call for evidence on blacklisting in employment

27 June 2012

In 2009, the Information Commissioner’s Office raided the offices of The Consulting Association following allegations of blacklisting.

The ICO found that the owner, Ian Kerr, held details on 3,213 construction workers and traded their personal information for profit. Denial of a job for discriminatory reasons is illegal and statutorily prohibited.

Based on this discovery, the Scottish Affairs Committee is inviting individuals to write about their experiences of blacklisting-past and present. It is hoped that these responses will facilitate further areas of investigation into this practice. The Committee has already heard from several witnesses, transcripts are available on the Committee’s publication page.

The Committee welcomes submission by Monday 3 September 2012.

Sending a submission

Those wishing to submit evidence anonymously should state so clearly at the beginning of their submission. Provided the Committee agrees that anonymity is appropriate in that case, Committee staff would then liaise with the submitter about what details might need to be redacted. 

Submissions should be sent either by e-mail to (in Word or rich text format, not PDF) or by post to: The Scottish Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. The e-mail or letter must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address and state who the submission is from. Submissions should not, as a rule, exceed 2,000 words.

The Committee is also concerned about abuses in employment practice with regard to migrant labour, and will issue a separate call for evidence on this subject later in the year.

Information on the Committee’s future meetings is available on the What’s On section of the Scottish Affairs Committee homepage.

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