Clause 13 - Enforcement powers in relation to ships

Part of Modern Slavery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 9 September 2014.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin 10:45, 9 September 2014

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment 28, in clause 13, page 9, line 44, at end add—

‘(6A) The Secretary of State shall set out in a published memorandum how the authority under subsection (3) is to be exercised.”

Amendment 58, in clause 13, page 10, line 4, at end add—

‘(7A) The Secretary of State shall, by way of regulations—

(a) establish means to ensure that trends in maritime trafficking and forced labour in the UK and international waters are identified and tracked;

(b) establish means to ensure that intelligence and information on maritime trafficking and forced labour are communicated to the enforcement officers set out in this provision;

(c) establish means to ensure that co-ordination and intelligence sharing in relation to maritime trafficking and forced labour occurs between the agencies responsible for the enforcement officers as set out in this provision;

(d) establish means to ensure that enforcement officers set out in this provision are aware of their responsibilities to potential and actual victims of trafficking and forced labour;

(e) receive bi-annual reports from the agencies responsible for the enforcement officers in relation to their attempts to identify and disrupt maritime trafficking and forced labour, and to assist the victims.”

Amendment 57, in clause 13, page 10, line 11, at end add “ and all territorial waters of the United Kingdom including its dependencies and territories.”

Amendment 27, in clause 13, page 11, line 3, at end insert—

‘(10) The Secretary of State must submit a report annually to Parliament on the use of sections 11, 12 and 13 of this Act in the previous 12 months.”