Clause 38

Part of Modern Slavery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:15 pm ar 11 Medi 2014.

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Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 2:15, 11 Medi 2014

Clause 38 sets out a restriction that applies to the commissioner in the exercise of his or her functions. The commissioner must not exercise his or her functions in relation to an individual case. That is to ensure that he or she maintains a strategic perspective and is not drawn into issues relating to individual cases. It would not be appropriate for the commissioner to become personally involved in individual cases when their remit is to transform and strengthen our overall approach to tackling modern slavery by encouraging good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of these terrible offences, and for victim identification.

I am sure that some hon. Members will feel that the commissioner should champion individual cases but I think that would be a dangerous path to go down. The role is to strengthen our collective response to modern slavery, working closely with law enforcement agencies. Of course, individual cases will help to drive that but it would be dangerous for the commissioner to intervene.  While their cases inform the commissioner’s work in this regard it would not be right for the commissioner to be an advocate for individual victims.