21 January 2020
Andrew Bridgen highlights failures to enforce national living wage

Andrew Bridgen secures Ministerial meeting to discuss failures in enforcing the national living wage in the clothing industry in Leicester.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Will the Minister agree to meet me to discuss the situation in Leicester, where I believe that approximately 10,000 people in the clothing industry are being paid £3 to £4 an hour in conditions of modern slavery?

Kelly Tolhurst

I thank my hon. Friend for raising the subject; yes, I would be very happy to meet him. The sector has been the subject of focus. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which is responsible for enforcing the national living wage, and cross-border agencies have been doing extensive work, but any details that my hon. Friend may supply would be helpful.