Modern Slavery Act 2015

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd November 2017.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Ministers and officials of her Department have (a) received or (b) been offered data on non-compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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

A number of NGOs and other organisations are monitoring and analysing the ‘slavery and human trafficking statements’ being produced by businesses under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We have regular conversations with a range of these organisations who often provide or offer to provide data and analysis of the statements they have scrutinised, including their estimates of non-compliance. We are pleased that NGOs are using these statements to scrutinise businesses and hold them to account. The legislation was designed to harness this kind of pressure.

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