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

The clause does not prevent the commissioner from considering individual cases in order to draw conclusions about a general case. Perhaps I could go back to our previous debate, in which the hon. Lady asked about the type of information that authorities would not be allowed to give to the commissioner; I wanted to put that on the record. It would be information prohibited by court order or under statutory restrictions—for example, under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in relation to intercept evidence. I am sure she understands why we expect that such information would not be disclosed.

The question of the differences and similarities between the commissioners and their ability to be involved in cases is interesting and a good point for the Committee to consider. I am sure the hon. Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk is delighted that he will not be receiving another piece of correspondence, as I would like to clarify the point about working with other commissioners and current practice. We expect the commissioner to work collaboratively with all other commissioners. That may be informally or more formally where both parties agree, such as a joint agreement of understanding. We will need to consider the relationship with devolved Administrations, and we have concluded discussions on the extent of the commissioner’s dealings with them. We are continuing such discussions. I will get back to him on his question about how the two Children’s Commissioners currently work, and to the hon. Lady on her specific question. I hope the Committee agrees that the clause should stand part of the Bill.