§ Bob Spink
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent discussions she has had with Bectu and Equity regarding the operation of the Employment Agencies Act 1973; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) when the new regulations under the employment Agencies Act 1973 will be laid before Parliament. 
§ Alan Johnson
I have had no recent meetings with Bectu or Equity to discuss the operation of the Employment Agencies Act.
We will shortly be issuing the revised draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2002, which will cover the private recruitment industry, including the entertainment sector. There will be a consultation exercise on certain aspects of those Regulations and they will be laid before Parliament later in the year.