Clause 30 - Cross-border enforcement

Part of Modern Slavery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:45 pm ar 9 Medi 2014.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 3:45, 9 Medi 2014

With clause 30 we are back to the old chestnut that the hon. Member for Foyle and I mined earlier on the Bill’s impact on Scotland and Northern Ireland. Clause 30 will give the Secretary of State the power to

“amend section 29(1) so as to add or remove from the list of orders in that section any relevant UK order.”

“Relevant UK order” means

“an order under the law of Scotland or Northern Ireland which appears to the Secretary of State to be equivalent or similar” to the orders we are discussing today.

The Scottish Parliament is considering similar orders to those in the Bill—it may have already put them in place—and Lord Morrow intends to introduce something similar in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Will the Minister update the Committee on the progress of the orders in the Scottish Parliament and the Northern  Ireland Assembly? That would help the Committee understand how we are to achieve UK-wide coverage on these matters for as long as we still have a UK, which I hope is a long time.