Clause 7 - Confiscation of assets

Part of Modern Slavery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:00 am ar 9 Medi 2014.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:00, 9 Medi 2014

The hon. Lady asks an interesting question and I hope that the Minister can shed some light on the issue. Legal aid has gone through major changes in recent times, but I am not sure that much thought has been given to the effect of those changes on this particular group of victims. I guess that it is quite a small group at the moment, but we hope that more victims will come forward and that there will be more prosecutions. The Minister said that that was one of the aims of the Bill, but would she focus on legal aid? For practitioners in this area, it would be helpful to know what resources are available to assist this particular group of victims.

Finally, is it possible to make a claim for compensation or reparation at a later date? If a trafficker or someone engaged in the use of forced labour has assets that they have managed to hide away but it becomes obvious at a later date that those assets are available, is there a limit on how long people have to make a claim, or is the period indefinite? Those are my questions about the practical application of clauses 7 to 9.