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(3)    

The regulations must provide for a right of appeal by an individual in respect of

 

a decision in the NRM process that they are not a trafficked, enslaved or exploited

 

person.

 

(4)    

A person (including a child) must give their free and informed consent to being

 

referred into the NRM before a referral is made on their behalf.

 

Additional protections - renewable residence permits

 

(5)    

A person who is determined in the NRM process to be a trafficked, enslaved or

 

exploited person shall be entitled to a one year renewable residence permit

 

permitting them to remain in the United Kingdom where one or other, or both, of

 

the following situations apply—

 

(a)    

a competent authority in the NRM considers that their stay is necessary

 

owing to their personal situation; or

 

(b)    

a competent authority in the NRM considers that their stay is necessary

 

for the purpose of the person’s co-operation with the authorities in

 

connection with their investigations or criminal proceedings.

 

(6)    

A residence permit for child victims shall be issued where it is in accordance with

 

the best interests of the child and, where appropriate, renewed under the same

 

conditions.

 

Duties in relation to children

 

(7)    

The protection, assistance and support provided to trafficked, enslaved or

 

exploited children (including those to whom the presumption of age applies) in

 

accordance with the provisions in this Bill shall be at least equivalent to the

 

protection, assistance and support provided to adults, save that where other

 

legislation provides for greater protection for children that legislation shall, to the

 

extent of any inconsistency with this Bill, prevail.”

 


 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Nc29

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Identifying and supporting victims

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations about the arrangements for

 

determining whether or not a person is to be treated as a victim of slavery or

 

human trafficking and shall in particular make provision—

 

(a)    

about the process for the referral of potential victims of slavery or human

 

trafficking for such a determination;

 

(b)    

about the process and tests for determining whether a person should be

 

treated as such a victim; and

 

(c)    

for an individual to have access to an internal review and appeal of a

 

decision made about them under subsection 1(b).

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must issue guidance to such public authorities and other

 

persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate about indicators that a

 

person may be a victim of slavery or human trafficking.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may, from time to time, revise the guidance issued under

 

subsection (2).


 
 

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(4)    

The Secretary of State must arrange for any guidance issued or revised under this

 

section to be published in a way the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State must ensure that—

 

(a)    

a person about whom a referral has been made under subsection (1)(a) is

 

provided with assistance and support in accordance with this section

 

for—

 

(i)    

if there are no criminal proceedings, ninety days,

 

(ii)    

if criminal proceedings take place, ninety days after criminal

 

proceedings are completed; or

 

(iii)    

until there is a conclusive determination under the processes

 

established by subsection (1) that a person is not to be treated as

 

a victim of slavery or human trafficking,

 

(b)    

if the family of a child identified as a victim is resident in the United

 

Kingdom it be entitled to assistance and support under this section,

 

(c)    

assistance and support provided under this section—

 

(i)    

is not conditional on the willingness of the person to act as a

 

witness;

 

(ii)    

shall be provided with the person’s agreement;

 

(iii)    

shall take due account of the victim’s need for safety and

 

protection, including the opportunity to receive assistance from

 

a person of the same gender;

 

(iv)    

shall be provided to assist victims in their physical,

 

psychological and social recovery; and

 

(v)    

shall meet minimum standards for such support as shall be set out

 

by the Secretary of State by order.

 

(6)    

For the purpose of this section, “assistance and support” may include but not be

 

restricted to—

 

(a)    

appropriate and safe accommodation;

 

(b)    

material assistance, including that required by a person with special

 

needs arising from pregnancy, physical or mental health conditions,

 

disability, or being the victim of serious psychological, physical or sexual

 

violence;

 

(c)    

medical treatment, including psychological assistance;

 

(d)    

counselling;

 

(e)    

information, including on a reflection and recovery period, the possibility

 

of granting international protection and refugee status, a voluntary return,

 

welfare entitlements and accessing employment;

 

(f)    

translation and interpretation services, as required;

 

(g)    

access to education for child victims and children of victims;

 

(h)    

legal counselling, either through legal aid or other means;

 

(i)    

legal representation, either through legal aid or other means;

 

(j)    

assistance in applying for compensation; and

 

(k)    

provision of services (including travelling and other expenses) to assist a

 

victim of trafficking in human beings, and children of victims, to leave

 

the United Kingdom and to settle in a new place of residence.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This New Clause ensures the arrangements for determining if a person is a victim of slavery or

 

human trafficking are established in regulations and contain a formal process for review and

 

appeal and requires the Secretary of State to set out in guidance the indicators that suggest a

 

person may be trafficked. The New Clause sets out the clear types of assistance which a victim can

 

receive and enables the Secretary of State to establish minimum standards for the provision of that

 

support. The New Clause sets out a ninety day minimum period for which a victim can receive


 
 

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support.

 


 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

NC30

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Prosecutions of victims of human trafficking

 

(1)    

The Director of Public Prosecutions shall issue guidance as to the charging of

 

known or suspected victims of human trafficking.

 

(2)    

Before issuing guidance under subsection (1) the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

must consult with the Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

 

(3)    

New guidance provided under subsection (1), must be published within 12

 

months of the appointment of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

 

(4)    

A prosecution of a trafficked, enslaved or exploited person must be reviewed by

 

the Director of Public Prosecutions before going to trial.

 

(5)    

For the purpose of this section, a person (A) is taken to be trafficked, enslaved or

 

exploited if—

 

(a)    

a decision has been made under the National Referral Mechanism that A

 

is a trafficked, enslaved or exploited person; or

 

(b)    

no such decision has been made under the National Referral Mechanism

 

but the court determines, based on the evidence before it, that A is a

 

trafficked, enslaved or exploited person; or

 

(c)    

a decision was made under the National Referral Mechanism that A is not

 

a trafficked, enslaved or exploited person, but the court is satisfied that

 

the evidence is adduced by the defence establishes that A was a

 

trafficked, enslaved or exploited person.”

 


 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

NC31

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Duty on large UK companies to report on efforts to eradicate modern slavery and

 

forced labour

 

(1)    

Section 414C(7)(iii) of The Companies Act 2006 is amended as follows.

 

  Before “social”, insert “modern slavery and forced labour”.

 

(2)    

After section 414C(7) insert—

 

“(7A)    

In relation to the information about modern slavery in subsection (7)(iii)

 

the Secretary of State must by order specify the information that must be

 

included in the strategic report and any other necessary requirements.

 

The order must include requirements—


 
 

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(a)    

that the modern slavery information in the strategic report be

 

published online; and

 

(b)    

that the information included in the strategic report must include

 

an explanation of measures taken by the quoted company to—

 

(i)    

verify and evaluate its supply chains to address the risks

 

of modern slavery;

 

(ii)    

audit its suppliers;

 

(iii)    

certify goods and services purchased from suppliers;

 

(iv)    

maintain accountability for modern slavery issues

 

within the company; and

 

(v)    

train staff.”

 


 

Michael Connarty

 

NC32

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Disclosure by companies of measures to eradicate modern slavery, human

 

trafficking, forced labour and the worst forms of child labour from their

 

supply chains

 

(1)    

A company operating in the United Kingdom and having annual worldwide gross

 

receipts exceeding £60,000,000 shall disclose its efforts to eradicate modern

 

slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and the worst forms of child labour

 

from its direct supply chains for tangible goods and services offered for sale.

 

(2)    

In (1) above, the “the worst forms of child labour” are those set out in Article 3

 

of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 182.

 

(3)    

The disclosure in (1) above shall—

 

(a)    

be set out in that company’s annual report,

 

(b)    

be posted prominently on that company’s internet website, and

 

(c)    

disclose to what extent, if any, the company carries out each of the

 

following—

 

(i)    

engages in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and

 

address risks of modern slavery, human trafficking, forced

 

labour and the worst forms of child labour;

 

(ii)    

conducts unannounced and verified audits and inspections of

 

suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company

 

standards for modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour

 

and the worst forms of child labour in supply chains;

 

(iii)    

requires direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated

 

into the product comply with the laws regarding modern slavery,

 

human trafficking, forced labour and the worst forms of child

 

labour of the country or countries in which they are doing

 

business;

 

(iv)    

maintains internal accountability standards, supply chain

 

management and procurement systems, and procedures for

 

employees or contractors failing to meet company’s standards

 

regarding modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and

 

the worst forms of child labour;

 

(v)    

provides company employees and management who have direct

 

responsibility for supply chain management with training on


 
 

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slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and the worst forms of

 

child labour with particular respect to mitigating risks within the

 

supply chains of products; and

 

(vi)    

ensures that recruitment practices at all suppliers comply with

 

the company’s standards for eliminating exploitative labour

 

practices that contribute to modern slavery, human trafficking,

 

forced labour and the worst forms of child labour, and

 

(d)    

specify whether the verifications, audits and inspections in (c) above

 

were carried out by a person independent on the company.”

 


 

Mark Durkan

 

NC33

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Ban on importation of products produced by slavery or forced labour

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall have the power to ban the import at any point of entry

 

to the United Kingdom of any good, ware, article, or product mined, produced or

 

manufactured wholly or in part in any other country which has been found to have

 

been produced by slavery, convict labour or/and forced labour or/and indentured

 

labour, including child labour.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall—

 

(a)    

prescribe such regulations as may be necessary for the enforcement of

 

this provision by the relevant public authority and to investigate other

 

products and supply chains related to the company or companies

 

producing or importing a product banned under subsection (1),

 

(b)    

co-ordinate with the Treasury to issue guidance to HM Revenue and

 

Customs, devolved authorities and any other relevant public authority in

 

relation to the exercise by them of their powers and responsibilities under

 

this Clause,

 

(c)    

have a duty to publish and maintain information on prohibited products

 

including a publically available list of products banned under subsection

 

(1), or

 

(d)    

manufactured in the circumstances described in subsection (1).

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations establish a process whereby a petition

 

can be made by any person, public authority or organisation who has reason to

 

believe that goods produced or sourced in the circumstances in subsection (1) are

 

being or are likely to be imported into the UK to communicate these concerns to

 

the relevant authority.

 

(4)    

A communication under subsection (3) shall contain—

 

(a)    

a full statement of reasons for the claim,

 

(b)    

a detailed description or example of the product, and

 

(c)    

all relevant information regarding the production of the good.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would allow for the banning of the import of any product produced by slavery, convict, forced

 

or indentured labour, including child labour.

 



 
 

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Mark Durkan

 

NC34

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Legal liability for the beneficiaries of slavery

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall within six months of this Act coming into force bring

 

forward regulations to ensure that a person benefiting from an offence under

 

section 1 or 2 of this Act committed by a third party shall have committed an

 

offence where—

 

(a)    

the third party acted for that person’s benefit,

 

(b)    

their lack of supervision or control made possible the committing of the

 

offence by the third party.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) shall not be made unless a draft has been laid

 

before and approved by both Houses of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause requires the Secretary of State to bring forward measures along the lines set out

 

in EU Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing trafficking in human beings.

 


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Sarah Teather

 

NC35

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

“Provision of NHS services to victims of modern slavery

 

Where a provider of services, to which section 175 of the National Health Service

 

Act 2006 relates, believes that a person may be a victim of slavery or human

 

trafficking, no charge may be made under that section for services from that

 

provider to that person.”

 

 

Order of the House [8 July 2014]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the the Modern Slavery Bill:—

 

Commital

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 14 October 2014.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption of that day.


 
 

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6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

 

Other Proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of Lords Amendments or any further message from the Lords)

 

may be programmed.

 

 

Order of the Committee [21 July 2014]

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 3.30pm on Monday 21

 

July) meet—

 

(a)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 2 September;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 4 September;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 9 September;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 11 September;

 

(e)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 14 October;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral eveidence on Monday 21 July in accordance

 

with the following Table—

 

        TABLE

 

Time

Witness

 
 

Until not later than 4.00 pm

Alison Saunders, Director of Public

 
  

Prosecutions; National Crime

 
  

Agency

 
 

Until no later than 4.45 pm

Church of England; Catholic

 
  

Bishops for England and Wales

 
 

Until not later than 5.30 pm

Centre for Social Justice; Kalayaan;

 
  

Unseen UK

 
 

Until no later than 6.00 pm

Nadine Finch, Garden Court

 
  

Chambers; Peter Carter QC, Red

 
  

Lion Chambers

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order; Clauses 1 to 13; Schedule 1; Clauses 14 and 15; Schedule 2;

 

Clauses 16 to 39; Schedule 3; Clauses 40 to 46; Schedule 4; Clauses 47 to 51;

 

new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill.

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 14 October.

 


 
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