Home MPs Judith Cummins MP Slavery

Slavery

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2018

Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner on improving levels of (a) enforcement of and (b) business compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that companies comply with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government is committed to working with businesses and civil society to drive greater compliance with section 54 and ensure production of meaningful transparency statements.

The Home Office has established the ‘Business Against Slavery Forum’, chaired by the Home Secretary and in partnership with CEOs of 13 large multi-national corporations. The Forum aims to accelerate progress in tackling modern slavery, by sharing best practice and offering support to smaller businesses. The Department plans to develop a list of businesses in scope of the legislation and will use this to write directly to Chief Executives with clear guidance and resources to support effective reporting under the Act.

Home Office Ministers meet regularly with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to discuss issues relating to modern slavery, including compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act. The Home Office is planning to establish a Transparency in Supply Chains Advisory Group, involving the Commissioner’s office and other key stakeholders to build a fuller understanding of the compliance picture and coordinate activities.