Clause 44 - Duty to notify NCA about suspected victims of slavery or human trafficking

Part of Modern Slavery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:45 pm ar 14 Hydref 2014.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol, Brent Central 2:45, 14 Hydref 2014

I do not want to detain the Committee long, but I have a couple of slight nagging concerns about clause 46. It contains powers of huge breadth that allow the Secretary of State to amend any Act or subordinate legislation where she thinks it appropriate as a consequence of the Bill becoming law. The Government’s delegated power memorandum accepts that that is a very broad power, but points to the precedence in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Will the Minister say how those powers have been used in practice? Wide-ranging delegated powers should always set alarm bells ringing, because statutory instruments offer only limited scrutiny of Executive power. They are no substitute for the full legislative process. Will she indicate exactly how she envisages the power being used?