Home Office written question – answered on 20th September 2022.

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Photo of Lord Coaker Lord Coaker Shadow Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Opposition Whip (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of section 65 (Temporary Leave) of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 on the victims of modern slavery.

Photo of Lord Sharpe of Epsom Lord Sharpe of Epsom Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Section 65 of the Nationality and Borders Act confirms in primary legislation the provision of temporary permission to stay for confirmed victims of modern slavery where it is necessary, and unless relevant exemptions apply, to assist in their recovery from physical or psychological harm related to their exploitation, to enable them to claim compensation or to enable their co-operation in bringing their exploiters to justice. This will bring clarity to both victims and decision makers on when victims will and won’t be eligible for permission to stay.

We will keep the implementation of reforms in the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 under close review.

The government has completed a full economic and equalities impact assessment and we will review the impact of section 65 going forward where necessary.

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