Appendix 6: Call for Evidence |
The following call for evidence was issued by the
Committee on 24 January 2014:
The Committee, comprised of Members of the House
of Commons and House of Lords, has been formed to scrutinise the
Government's draft Modern Slavery Bill and make recommendations
for its improvement.
The draft Bill proposes to consolidate and simplify
existing criminal offences relating to slavery and human trafficking
and introduce civil orders to restrict the activity of those involved
in or convicted of slavery and trafficking offences. The draft
Bill also proposes the appointment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner
to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation
and prosecution of offences. The draft Bill was published on 16
December 2013 alongside a white paper detailing the Government's
non-legislative approach to modern slavery.
The Committee invites written evidence from all interested
parties on the content and form of the draft Bill, its likely
effectiveness and the contribution it would, if enacted, make
to tackling modern slavery. Detailed proposals for alternative
wording are welcome.
The Committee wishes to hear your views on the draft
Bill and any of the issues it raises. Evidence addressing the
following questions is particularly welcome:
· Would the draft Bill be effective in reducing
the incidence of and preventing modern slavery?
· Are there other provisions which should
be included in the draft Bill?
· What non-legislative action needs to be
taken to ensure effective implementation of the draft Bill?
· Does the draft Bill achieve its objectives
effectively and fairly?
· Does the draft Bill provide for adequate
safeguarding of survivors of slavery and trafficking?
· How could the proposals for the Anti-Slavery
Commissioner be improved?