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 steps his Department is taking to ensure modern slavery does not take place within the Government’s supply chains.
Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women
Tackling modern slavery is a priority for the Home Office and it is committed to working with suppliers to address modern slavery in its supply chains. Home Office procurement teams use the Standard Selection Questionnaire introduced in September 2016. This includes Mandatory Exclusion Grounds for any bidders convicted of human trafficking or slavery offences.
The Home Office is working with other departments to agree an effective approach to further assessing and managing the risk of human trafficking in supply chains across Government.