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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 2 September 2014

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Modern Slavery Bill


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

29

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

For the purposes of this Act—

 

(a)    

it is irrelevant whether a person consents to being held in slavery or

 

servitude.

 

(b)    

a person may be in a condition of slavery, servitude or forced or

 

compulsory labour whether or not—

 

(i)    

escape from the condition is practically possible; or

 

(ii)    

the person has attempted to escape from the condition.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment establishes that consent is irrelevant in cases of slavery and servitude and clarifies

 

that a person may still be in slavery, servitude or forced or compulsory labour even where physical

 

escape is practically possible, recognising that people can be held in slavery by psychological

 

means as well as physical restraint.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

30

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  13,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on the insertion of New Clause 3 (Meaning of slavery, servitude

 

and forced or compulsory labour).

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

36

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  after “labour”, insert “or other forms of exploitation”

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

37

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  15,  at end insert “and/or any of the types of exploitation listed

 

in section 3 of this Act.”


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 2 September 2014                  

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Burrowes

 

38

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  17,  after “labour”, insert “or other forms of exploitation”

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

39

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  17,  leave out “may” and insert “shall”

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

40

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  leave out line 20 and insert “this shall include, but not be limited to;

 

age, family relationships, disability, position of dependency, language skills, and any

 

mental or physical illness)”

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Sarah Champion

 

49

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

The consent or apparent consent of a person to the acts referred to in subsections

 

1(1)(a) or 1(1)(b) shall be irrelevant.”.

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

43

 

Page  1,  line  4,  leave out Clause 1.

 


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

41

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(8)    

A person commits an offence if he is the Director, Employer, Employee,

 

Occupier and/or concerned in the management of any premises or business and

 

he knowingly permits or suffers any of the activities detailed in sections 1 and 2

 

to take place on those premises.”

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

44

 

Page  2,  line  1,  leave out Clause 2.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 2 September 2014                  

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Sarah Champion

 

54

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

is in a situation where their employment could reasonably be constituted

 

as slavery, wherever in the world they are employed, if their employment

 

is related to services or goods for sale in the UK”.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

31

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  19,  leave out from “(5)” to the end of line 20 and insert—

 

“where”—

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment removes the burden on the prosecution to demonstrate that an offender chose the

 

victim because of his or her particular vulnerability.

 

Karen Bradley

 

1

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  21,  after “she”, insert “is a child,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, together with amendments 2, 3 and 4, relate to the definition of groups who can

 

be exploited without force, threats or deception because they were selected due to particular

 

vulnerability. The amendments apply this to a child rather than a young person, and are intended

 

as a clarification.

 

Karen Bradley

 

2

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  21,  leave out “is young”

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

32

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  21,  leave out “young” and insert “a child”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment removes the burden on the prosecution to demonstrate that an offender chose the

 

victim because of his or her particular vulnerability and clarifies that this section applies to

 

children under the age of 18.

 

Karen Bradley

 

3

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  23,  at beginning insert “an adult, or”

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

33

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  23,  leave out “a person” and insert “an adult”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is consequential on inserting a specific reference to a child in this subsection.

 

Karen Bradley

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

4

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  23,  leave out “youth”

 

Member’s explanatory statement


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 2 September 2014                  

36

 

Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

The amendment is consequential on inserting a specific reference to a child in this subsection.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

35

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

In this section—

 

“child” means any person below 18 years of age;

 

“services” or “benefits of any kind” can include forced begging or criminal

 

activities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment clarifies the definition of a child and some of the types of behaviour which can be

 

included under the clause.

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

45

 

Page  2,  line  27,  leave out Clause 3.

 


 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

46

 

Page  3,  line  25,  leave out Clause 4.

 


 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

64

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

A person guilty of an offence under section (Procuring sex for payment) is liable

 

on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or

 

a fine or both.”

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

47

 

Page  3,  line  31,  leave out Clause 5.

 


 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

48

 

Page  4,  line  7,  leave out Clause 6.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 2 September 2014                  

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Karen Bradley

 

5

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  34,  leave out paragraph (d) and insert—

 

“(d)    

the reference in section 133(3)(c)(iii) to a slavery and trafficking

 

reparation order under section 8 were to a compensation order under

 

section 130 of that Act;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on the amendment to section 133(3)(c) of the Powers of Criminal

 

Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 made by paragraph 9D of Schedule 4 (as inserted by amendment

 

25).

 


 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

 

70

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  25,  leave out “or ought to have known”

 


 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

 

66

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  34,  leave out ‘senior’

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

 

67

 

Clause  12,  page  9,  line  17,  leave out subsection (7).

 


 

Karen Bradley

 

6

 

Clause  13,  page  9,  line  23,  after “waters” insert “or in international waters that do

 

not form part of the territorial sea of any State”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables law enforcement officers to exercise enforcement powers in relation to

 

stateless vessels in international waters that do not form part of the territorial sea of any State,

 

where a modern slavery offence is suspected.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 2 September 2014                  

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

28

 

Clause  13,  page  9,  line  44,  at end add—

 

“(6A)    

The Secretary of State shall set out in a published memorandum how the authority

 

under subsection (3) is to be exercised.”

 

Mark Durkan

 

58

 

Clause  13,  page  10,  line  4,  at end add—

 

“(7A)    

The Secretary of State shall, by way of regulations—

 

(a)    

establish means to ensure that trends in maritime trafficking and forced

 

labour in the UK and international waters are identified and tracked;

 

(b)    

establish means to ensure that intelligence and information on maritime

 

trafficking and forced labour are communicated to the enforcement

 

officers set out in this provision;

 

(c)    

establish means to ensure that co-ordination and intelligence sharing in

 

relation to maritime trafficking and forced labour occurs between the

 

agencies responsible for the enforcement officers as set out in this

 

provision;

 

(d)    

establish means to ensure that enforcement officers set out in this

 

provision are aware of their responsibilities to potential and actual

 

victims of trafficking and forced labour;

 

(e)    

receive bi-annual reports from the agencies responsible for the

 

enforcement officers in relation to their attempts to identify and disrupt

 

maritime trafficking and forced labour, and to assist the victims.”

 

Mark Durkan

 

57

 

Clause  13,  page  10,  line  11,  at end add “ and all territorial waters of the United

 

Kingdom including its dependencies and territories.”

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

27

 

Clause  13,  page  11,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(10)    

The Secretary of State must submit a report annually to Parliament on the use of

 

sections 11, 12 and 13 of this Act in the previous 12 months.”

 


 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

 

69

 

Schedule  1,  page  33,  line  18,  at end insert—


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 2 September 2014                  

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

“(3A)    

Any person refusing to disclose such information shall be guilty of an offence and

 

shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale,

 

or imprisonment for up to six months.”

 


 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  16,  page  12,  line  12,  after “satisfied”, insert “beyond reasonable doubt”

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Diana Johnson

 

Phil Wilson

 

 

68

 

Clause  16,  page  12,  line  26,  at end add “or

 

(c)    

who the chief officer believes has been to it previously or had

 

connections with the area.”

 


 

Karen Bradley

 

7

 

Clause  20,  page  15,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

where the order was made on an application under section 16 by the

 

Director General of the National Crime Agency (“the Director General”),

 

the Director General.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables the Director General of the National Crime Agency to apply to the

 

appropriate court to vary, renew or discharge a slavery and trafficking prevention order.

 

Karen Bradley

 

8

 

Clause  20,  page  15,  line  24,  after “defendant” insert “or require the defendant to

 

comply with section (Slavery and trafficking prevention orders: requirement to provide

 

name and address)(3) to (6)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that a slavery and trafficking prevention order may be varied to require

 

the defendant to provide details of his or her name and address if the tests in clause 20(4) are met.

 

Karen Bradley

 

9

 

Clause  20,  page  15,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(b)    

may require the defendant to comply with section (Slavery and

 

trafficking prevention orders: requirement to provide name and address)

 

(3) to (6) only if the court is satisfied that the requirement is necessary for

 

that purpose.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that a renewed or varied slavery and trafficking prevention order may

 

require the defendant to provide details of his or her name and address only if the court is satisfied


 
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