§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for Employment why it took his Department from 6 March to 2 June to reply to a letter from Expats International Ltd. about potential fraud by Asset Enterprises Ltd.
§ Mr. Lee
My Department's employment agency licensing office at Stanmore acknowledged the letter dated 6 March from Expats International on 17 March. An inspector visited Asset Enterprises on 1 April to investigate possible offences under the Employment Agencies Act 1973, including unlawful charging of fees to workers. The office took steps to end the illegal practices found and wrote a further letter to Expats International on 15 April informing them of the action taken. Following complaints about continuing illegal activity by Asset, the office began to gather evidence with a view to prosecution. In a letter dated 2 June it informed Expats International that Asset Enterprises had left their premises and were being investigated by the police for fraud.