§ Ms Richardson
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he monitors the pay and conditions of homeworkers.
§ Mr. Gummer
This Department is currently engaged in a programme of research on homeworkers which includes study of their pay and conditions. Some preliminary results have been published and final reports are expected to be ready later this year. In addition, the wages inspectorate carries out checks on the pay of homeworkers in the wages council trades as part of its inspection programme.