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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 11 September 2014

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Modern Slavery Bill


 

[Eighth and Ninth Sittings]


 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Negatived on division  50

 

Clause  35,  page  25,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

the support offered to victims, including but not limited to, the operations

 

of any Government agency and support offered in accordance with

 

section 41 and section 42,

 

(d)    

any other area which the Commissioner feels is relevant to identifying

 

and preventing human trafficking in the UK or elsewhere.”

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  111

 

Clause  35,  page  25,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

the promotion and protection of the rights of victims of human trafficking

 

and slavery.

 

(1A)    

The Commissioner must monitor the implementation in the UK of the Trafficking

 

Convention, Anti-Trafficking Directive and other international obligations.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment extends the functions of the Commissioner beyond law enforcement and

 

identification of victims and gives the Commissioner responsibility for monitoring the

 

implementation of international obligations on modern slavery.

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  51

 

Clause  35,  page  25,  line  4,  leave out “permitted matter” and insert “matter

 

pertinent to the prevention of human trafficking and forced labour in the UK or

 

elsewhere”


 
 

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Not called  119

 

Clause  35,  page  25,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Undertaking investigations and studies to monitor and identify trends in human

 

trafficking and slavery;

 

( )    

Requesting inspections to be carried out by statutory inspectors;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment extends the permitted activities of the Commissioner in carrying out the general

 

functions.

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Not called  120

 

Clause  35,  page  25,  line  12,  at end insert “, including relevant civil society

 

organisations”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment adds thats the Commissioner may work with relevant civil society organisations.

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  52

 

Clause  35,  page  25,  line  13,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

“(3)    

Apart from under subsection (5), the Secretary of State must not take steps or

 

impose measures that may impair, or may appear to impair the Commissioner’s

 

independence and shall ensure that the Commissioner is, to the extent the

 

Commissioner is able, to determine, without limitation (other than as prescribed

 

in this Act)—

 

(a)    

the Commissioner’s activities;

 

(b)    

the Commissioner’s timetables;

 

(c)    

the Commissioner’s priorities, and

 

(d)    

the Commissioner’s resources and funding.”

 

Mark Durkan

 

Not selected  56

 

Page  24,  line  38,  leave out Clause 35.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Withdrawn  113

 

Clause  36,  page  25,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

When preparing the strategic plan the Commissioner must give consideration to

 

any proposal submitted to the Commissioner from any Parliamentary Select

 

Committee. If the Commissioner does not accept the Committee’s proposal the

 

Commissioner must write to the relevant Committee explain the decision.”


 
 

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  114

 

Clause  36,  page  26,  line  4,  leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “Parliament”.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Not called  107

 

Clause  36,  page  26,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(8)    

An annual report can also include observations and recommendations as to the

 

adequacty, efficacy and co-ordination of measures, policies and perfomance of

 

relevant services including public authorities as specified in Clause 37 section 5

 

or under relevant devolved powers.”

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  115

 

Clause  36,  page  26,  line  13,  leave out subsection (9).

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  116

 

Clause  36,  page  26,  line  18,  leave out “Secretary of State may” and insert

 

“Commissioner must consult with the Secretary of State and”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mark Durkan

 

Withdrawn  108

 

Clause  37,  page  26,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

Specified public authority can also include a public authority which has been

 

specified under relevant procedures of devolved institutions.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 38 Agreed to.

 


 

Mark Durkan

 

Sarah Teather

 

Negatived on division  71

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  9,  after “act”, insert “or the person is a child”

 

Mark Durkan

 

Sarah Teather

 

Not called  72

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  10,  after “compulsion”, insert “or, in the case of a child,


 
 

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

the illegal act”

 

Mark Durkan

 

Sarah Teather

 

Not called  74

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  11,  leave out paragraph (c)

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Withdrawn  53

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(9)    

Once the defence set out in subsection (1) is raised by the accused or on his or her

 

behalf, or the court of its own volition or on hearing submissions from any party

 

decides that such a defence should be considered by the court, the burden of

 

proving that the offence was not committed as a direct and immediate response

 

of him or her being a victim as set out in subsection (1) shall lie upon the

 

prosecution.”

 

Sarah Teather

 

Not called  88

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  14,  leave out from “characteristics” to end of line 15 and

 

insert “shall include, but not be limited to, age, family relationships, disability, position

 

of dependency, language skills, ethnicity, national origin, religious background, and any

 

mental or physical illness.”

 

Mark Durkan

 

Sarah Teather

 

Not called  73

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  18,  after “compulsion”, insert “or in the case of a child, the

 

illegal act”

 

Mark Durkan

 

Withdrawn  75

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  27,  leave out subsection (7).

 

Diana Johnson

 

Mr David Hanson

 

Phil Wilson

 

Not called  125

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

“(9)    

The Anti-Slavery Commissioner shall in their annual report produced under

 

section 36, include a review of the offences listed in Schedule 3.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Sarah Teather

 

Not called  89

 

Schedule  3,  page  38,  line  15,  leave out paragraph 14.


 
 

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Modern Slavery Bill, continued

 
 

Sarah Teather

 

Not called  90

 

Schedule  3,  page  38,  line  30,  leave out paragraphs 16 and 17.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Tuesday 14 October at 9.25 am


 
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