Joint Committee hears its final evidence on the draft Modern Slavery Bill
12 March 2014
The Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill holds its final evidence session Wednesday 12 March 2014, taking evidence from the Home Office Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime Karen Bradley.
The Committee will be questioning the Minister to ascertain how far the Government is prepared to rewrite the Bill in light of the evidence received so far.
Wednesday 12 March, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
- Karen Bradley MP, Home Office Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime
The Committee has is inquiring into the content and form of the draft Bill, its likely effectiveness and the contribution it would, if enacted, make to tackling modern slavery.
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.
In particular the Committee is examining:
- 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?
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