Yesterday at Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy oral questions I asked the Minister about human and labour rights abuses in the global supply chains of UK supermarkets. I had hoped that since my parliamentary debate in October last year, where I highlighted the shocking extent of exploitation, that the Government would’ve taken action.
I was deeply concerned by the Minister’s reply which, by completely avoiding my question, leads me to the conclusion that no action, assessment or progress has been made. Put simply, it’s not good enough given the evidence about the scale of abuse taking place on fishing vessels, tea plantations, grape farms and sadly beyond. This afternoon, I hosted a drop-in session for MPs about the widespread suffering among the women and men producing food for our supermarkets with Oxfam as part of their ‘Behind the Barcodes’ campaign.