Textiles: Slavery

Home Office written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage transparency within supply chains for the textile industry to ensure that workers are not victims of modern slavery.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 includes a ground breaking transparency in supply chains provision, which requires large commercial organisations operating in the UK to set out the steps they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their business or supply chains. This includes large businesses in the textile industry.

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Jaya Chakrabarti MBE
Posted on 28 Feb 2017 3:20 pm (Report this annotation)

To add to this, you can also look at the level of engagement our register has had from the textiles sector in the UK here:


It's looking pretty low at the moment from the data we have available to us but we do have a backlog of data to verify, which may well show more engagement.

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