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Bangladesh: Industrial Relations:Written question – 34269

April 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 18 April 2016

Department for International Development

Bangladesh: Industrial Relations

34269

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has made representations to the government of Bangladesh on trade union recognition and adherence to ILO core labour standards in that country’s export processing zones.

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Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne

Answered on: 25 April 2016

These issues are regularly discussed through a forum known as the 3 + 5, as part of efforts to ensure the full implementation of the sustainability compact with the objective of improving labour standards in Bangladesh. The 3 + 5 group has representatives from three Ministries of the Government of Bangladesh and 5 donor partners, including the UK.

In addition, through the Private Sector Development Programme with the World Bank, DFID has supported the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority to develop a cadre of 60 labour counsellors who support improvements in labour standards in the zones.

28 Apr

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Bangladesh: Working Conditions:Written question – 34267

April 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 18 April 2016

Department for International Development

Bangladesh: Working Conditions

34267

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is Government policy to link an extension of the Generalised System of Trade Preferences for Bangladesh to further improvements in that country’s garment sector on factory safety and labour rights.

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Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne

Answered on: 25 April 2016

Duty-free, quota-free access to European Union (EU) markets is granted to Bangladesh on the basis of need in line with agreed EU regulations. These trade preferences have no expiry date, so an extension is not required, and there is no provision for the use of additional conditionality. Any reduction in Bangladesh’s market access would result in immediate and long-term harm to the livelihoods of poor Bangladeshi workers.

The UK Government supports the approach reflected in the ‘Bangladesh Sustainability Compact’ between the Government of Bangladesh, the EU, the USA, Canada and the International Labour Organization, which commits Bangladesh to improvements in occupational health and safety and respect for labour rights. UK officials are working closely with counterparts in Bangladesh to co-ordinate action to improve safety and labour rights in the country’s garment sector and DFID is supporting a number of programmes in this area.

28 Feb

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Elections: Tower Hamlets:Written question – 28597

February 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

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Asked on: 25 February 2016

Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission

Elections: Tower Hamlets

28597

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the level of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

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Answered by: Mr Gary Streeter

Answered on: 07 March 2016

The Electoral Commission works with the National Police Chiefs’ Council to collate data from police forces about cases of alleged electoral fraud reported each year. This data is published on the Commission’s website.

The data show that 49 cases of alleged electoral fraud offences were reported in Tower Hamlets in 2014. Of these cases, no further action was taken following investigation by the police in 39 cases. This was either because the activity involved was not in fact an offence; there was no evidence that an offence had been committed; or there was insufficient evidence to identify a perpetrator. It also included cases which, following investigation, were found not to have involved electoral fraud offences.

Five cases were locally resolved with advice from the police or the Returning Officer, and one case resulted in a caution being given. Of the remaining four cases, one resulted in court proceedings being initiated, one awaits prosecution advice and two remain under investigation.

A total of 28 cases of alleged electoral fraud offences were reported in Tower Hamlets in 2015. No further action was taken following investigation by the police in 23 cases, and one case was locally resolved. One case awaits prosecution advice and three remain under investigation. The Commission will monitor the outcome of any investigations relating to electoral fraud offences.

In advance of the May 2016 elections, the Commission is working closely with the police and electoral administrators in each of the 18 areas it has identified as being at higher risk of allegations of electoral fraud, including Tower Hamlets, to ensure that robust plans are in place to detect and prevent fraud.

The Commission also encourages anyone who has evidence that an electoral offence may have been committed to report this to the police, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

28 Feb

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Elections: Tower Hamlets:Written question – 28599

February 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

[N]

Asked on: 25 February 2016

Attorney General

Elections: Tower Hamlets

28599

To ask the Attorney General, what the deadline is for criminal prosecutions to be brought by the Metropolitan Police against people implicated in electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets as a result of the Election Court rulings against former mayor Lutfur Rahman.

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Answered by: Robert Buckland

Answered on: 07 March 2016

The time limit for bringing proceedings for a criminal offence depends on the court in which the case can be heard. Proceedings for those offences which can only be tried in the magistrates court must usually be brought within 6 months of the alleged offence being committed. There is not usually a time limit for those offences which can only be prosecuted in the Crown Court or which can be prosecuted in either the magistrates or Crown Court. There are exceptions in relation to individual offences.

28 Feb

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Fraud: Tower Hamlets:Written question – 28598

February 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

[N]

Asked on: 25 February 2016

Department for Communities and Local Government

Fraud: Tower Hamlets

28598

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made by the Commissioners appointed by his Department to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets of the level of fraud in that borough.

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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones

Answered on: 07 March 2016

My rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State (Greg Clark) has received no formal assessment from the Tower Hamlets Commissioners regarding the level of fraud in the borough. The Secretary of State is aware that the Commissioners have contributed both written and oral evidence to my rt. hon. Friend, the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Sir Eric Pickles’) review on electoral fraud.

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Fitz Weekly – 25 September 2015

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