New Clause 4

Part of Employment Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:00 pm ar 16 Hydref 2008.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Solicitor General, Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General 3:00, 16 Hydref 2008

The hon. Gentleman said that this was a probing provision. I have two concerns about it. First, the emphasis once again seems to be on a new body to deal with problems of enforcement, and I fear that that might create undue costs for not enough benefit. The Bill already contains provisions to strengthen the investigative powers of the employment agency standards inspectorate in enforcing the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and related regulations, including powers to allow EAS inspectors to demand and secure copies of financial information from an agency or suspect directly, or from their bank or building society. I suggest that we give some time at least for those provisions to bed in and take effect, and that we then review the effectiveness of what we have done in this Bill, rather than too quickly forming a new body with sweeping powers of investigation.

My second concern is that a balance must be maintained between the freedom of business to go unhindered by arbitrary state intervention and that of the individual to fully enjoy the rights afforded to him by law. I am concerned that such a balance is not achieved by the new clause, and that we would simply be creating another body and yet more red tape.