In his first Parliamentary interventions since the General Election, Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, has chosen to ask the Culture Secretary about FIFA and Seb Blatter, – and the Leader of the House about the Minimum Wage.
On FIFA , Doughty told John Whittingdale , (Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport) “I share the incredulity of many football fans that Sepp Blatter and the senior leadership of FIFA can remain in their positions after these allegations, which have been going on for some time. Does the Secretary of State agree that the Swiss Government need to take a serious look at how they regulate and oversee the activities and finances of international sporting organisations, including not only FIFA but the International Olympic Committee, UEFA and many other bodies located in Swiss territory?”
Culture and Sport Secretary Whittingdale replied:- “I am sure that the Swiss authorities will do that, but they are acting in co-operation with the US Justice Department and have clearly taken the allegations seriously. The hon. Gentleman mentioned the IOC, and it is worth noting that some 15 to 20 years ago similar allegations of corruption swirled around that body. It acted decisively and carried out wholesale reform, cleaning up the whole bidding process for the award of the Olympic games. That is a good precedent for the kind of action that we now want to see FIFA also undertake.”
On the Minimum Wage, Doughty told Chris Grayling (Leader of the House of Commons) “I was shocked to be told by a Minister towards the end of the previous Parliament that there had been only nine prosecutions for non-payment of the minimum wage during the preceding five years. Given that allegations have been made about a number of companies operating in my constituency”, [see PDN http://tinyurl.com/n9kjf8x and earlier stories ] “when will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the enforcement of the minimum wage?”
Grayling told Doughty “The hon. Gentleman can apply for such a debate at any time.”
“We condemn unreservedly employers who do not pay the minimum wage. They are breaking the law; it is as simple as that. I hope and expect that the relevant authorities will take action wherever they find such breaches.”