§ Mr. Jenkins
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is on the proposed six weeks qualifying period for temporary workers to have the same rights as permanent workers, as part of the proposed EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work. 
§ Alan Johnson
The Department of Trade and Industry supports the principle of a qualifying period before temporary agency workers have the same rights as permanent staff but believe the period should be much longer than 6 weeks. We have proposed 12 months.