MPs debate EU Directive on Human Trafficking

10 May 2011

Minister for Immigration, Damian Green, moved a motion in the House of Commons 9 May 2011 to approve an EU document relating to a Directive on human trafficking.

EU Directive on Human Trafficking

The Directive of the European Parliament and the European Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, was scrutinised by the European Scrutiny Committee. The Committee it its report recommended that the Government should opt in.

Damian Green said that:

"...the [European Scrutiny] Committee acknowledged that the objective of preventing and combating trafficking cannot be sufficiently achieved by member states alone and can, by reason of both its scale and effects, be better achieved by action at EU level. Our intention to opt in is consistent with that view."

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on human trafficking on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Read the European Scrutiny Committee report which includes the Directive on human trafficking and find other parliamentary material on the European Union in parliamentary news and in the Topics section on the Parliament website.

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