Do Dragons’ Den judges Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis and Hilary Devey have interns working within their companies – and if so, do they pay them properly?

You’re about to find out. As part of our ongoing Pay Your Interns campaign, we have just sent emails to all five judges of the BBC show, asking them to clarify their policy on internships. We have also approached Sir Richard Branson, Sir Alan Sugar, Karren Brady, Jamie Oliver and Michelle Mone, to ask where they stand on the issue.

And we couldn’t resist dropping the email to our old friend – and former Dragon – James Caan, who we had a massive row with back in August 2010, over his advertisement for a three-month, full-time unpaid internship at his charitable foundation.

We have no idea how the recipients of our email will respond – but we are hopeful that these high-profile business personalities are good, responsible employers of young people. Whatever happens, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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*Do the Dragons have anything to hide?
Have you done an unpaid internship with any of the Dragons, Sir Alan Sugar, Sir Richard Branson, Karren Brady, Michelle Mone, Jamie Oliver – or any other high-profile business personality? Do you think that high-profile business people should set the standard when it comes to treating their young workers properly? Will you be disappointed if it turns out they don’t pay their interns properly?

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