||<p>I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave to question UIN <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Lords/2017-07-17/HL893/"
target="_blank">HL893</a> that states that the government has not made an estimate
of the social and economic consequences of restricting zero hours contracts to students
and pensioners.</p><p> </p><p>The government has not assessed the social and economic
consequences of restricting zero hours contracts to students and pensioners. The Matthew
Taylor review found that zero hours contracts have a part to play in a modern, flexible
labour market and benefit those who cannot or do not want to work in a regular contract.</p><p>
</p><p>However, this government shares the concerns regarding flexible work arrangements.
That is why in October 2016 my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister asked Matthew
Taylor to carry out an independent review to consider employment practices and whether
they need to change to keep pace with modern business models. We are now considering
the report and will respond in full later in the year.</p>