Clause 16 - Slavery and trafficking prevention orders on application

Part of Modern Slavery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 9 September 2014.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 2:45, 9 September 2014

I do not wish to be difficult and press this to a vote. However, I do want a commitment from the Minister that she will take away amendment 68 and look at it. The Minister told the Committee that if a chief officer of police believes the conditions under subsection (4)(a) and (b) have been met, he or she may apply for a slavery and trafficking prevention order. If paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply, but the officer thinks that the person might be away and working elsewhere, he or she can tell another police force or ask the National Crime Agency to act.

That is how things slip through the net. The National Crime Agency operates on a national basis. Another police force can operate as it so wishes. I genuinely do not see the harm in giving an extra power to the local police officer who has suspicions that are not covered by the provisions in paragraphs (a) and (b). It is for officials to look at whether that is legally the right wording. The principle is that there is still a gap. I would welcome the Minister’s commitment to look at that and write to me as to whether she thinks that is a real gap, rather than my withdrawing the amendment today.