Human Rights Joint Committee - Third Report
Legislative Scrutiny: (1) Modern Slavery Bill and (2) Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be printed 5 November 2014.


Terms of Reference

1 Modern Slavery Bill


Information provided by the Government

Offences (Part 1)

Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (clause 1)

Child-specific offences

Whole life orders

Confiscation of assets

Prevention Orders (Part 2)

Standard of proof  

Clarity of the prohibitions which can be imposed in a Prevention or Risk Order

Anti-slavery Commissioner (Part 3)



Relationship with Parliament

Protection of victims (Part 4)

Defence for slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit an offence (clause 45)

Special measures for witnesses in criminal proceedings (clause 46)

Child Trafficking Advocates (clause 47)

Presumption of age (clause 49)

Legal aid for victims of modern slavery

Supply chains

Overseas Domestic Workers

Gangmasters Licensing Authority


2 Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill


Information provided by the department

The purpose and effect of the Bill

Significant human rights issues

Purpose of the Bill: substantive change or " signal"?


Evidence of public perception

Evidence of judicial disregard of the relevant matters

Scope of application

Claims against employers

Claims against public authorities

Conclusions and recommendations

Declaration of Lords' Interests

Formal Minutes

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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