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HMRC internal manual

Information Disclosure Guide

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Information disclosure Gateways with other government departments: Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA)


The GLA is a non departmental public body within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The authority monitors the working conditions of those involved in the agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering, and associated processing and packaging industries.done in .

Legislation that permits disclsoure

Section 19, Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 permits specified officers in HMRC to share information with the GLA in the following purposes:

  • To assist in determining whether a Labour Provider (Gangmaster) is fit to hold a licence (s.19(1)(a) of the Act)
  • To support enforcement in relation to the activities of persons operating as Gangmasters, or intending to operate as Gangmasters
  • To support enforcement in relation to accommodation, meals or facilities provided to workers
  • To support enforcement against other offences committed by workers who are undertaking work covered by the Act.

Procedure to follow

If an officer from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority asks you for information, you must pass on this request to the Labour Providers Units (LPU), via the central LPU contact (see IDG80100). Likewise, if you are asked by any other organisation for information about gangmasters, please pass on this request to the central LPU contact. Offices other than LPU are not permitted to disclose this information to the GLA.

Devolved administrations

This guidance applies to the whole of the United Kingdom.

Further guidance

If you receive a request for information and are unsure how to proceed please contact your Data Guardian.