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Caan defends employing daughters

A former Dragons' Den entrepreneur who said parents should not help their children get jobs has defended his daughters' work for his firms.

The social mobility tsar James Caan's daughter Jemma is employed by a firm he "has an investment in", while her sister Hanah got an internship at his private equity firm.

Speaking to the Today programme's Justin Webb, Mr Caan recognised that "there is some discrimination that exists" in companies that recruit in the UK.

"I do have experience and I do know what I'm talking about," he insisted when asked whether he was the right man for the role he has recently taken as the government's new adviser on social mobility.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 5 June 2013.