Modern Slavery Bill — Commons Amendments — 25 Mar 2015 at 17:18

Motion A

Moved by Lord Bates

That this House do not insist on its Amendment 72 and do agree with the Commons in their Amendments 72A, 72B and 72C in lieu.

72: After Clause 50, insert the following new Clause-

“Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers

All overseas domestic workers in the United Kingdom, including those working for staff of diplomatic missions, shall be entitled to-

(a) change their employer (but not work sector) while in the United Kingdom;

(b) renew their domestic worker or diplomatic domestic worker visa, each such renewal being for a period not exceeding twelve months, as long as they remain in employment and are able to support themselves without recourse to public funds;

(c) a three month temporary visa permitting them to live in the United Kingdom for the purposes of seeking alternative employment as an overseas domestic worker where there is evidence that the worker has been a victim of modern slavery.”

Commons disagreement and amendments in lieu

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment 72 and propose Amendments 72A,72B and72C in lieu.

72A: After Clause 50, insert the following new Clause-

“Overseas domestic workers

(1) Immigration rules must make provision for leave to remain in the United Kingdom to be granted to an overseas domestic worker-

(a) who has been determined to be a victim of slavery or human trafficking, and

(b) in relation to whom such other requirements are met as may be provided for by the rules.

(2) Immigration rules must make provision as to the conditions on which such leave is to be granted, and must in particular provide-

(a) that the leave is to be for the purpose of working as a domestic worker in a private household;

(b) for a person who has such leave to be able to change employer (subject to paragraph (a)).

(3) Immigration rules may specify a maximum period for which a person may have leave to remain in the United Kingdom by virtue of subsection (1). If they do so, the specified maximum period must not be less than 6 months.

(4) For the purposes of this section an overseas domestic worker has been determined to be a victim of slavery or human trafficking if a public authority has determined that he or she is such a victim-

(a) under regulations made under section (Regulations about identifying and supporting victims)(2)(b), or

(b) where no such regulations apply, under arrangements identified in the immigration rules.

(5) The Secretary of State must issue guidance to persons having functions under the Immigration Acts about the exercise of those functions in relation to an overseas domestic worker who may be a victim of slavery or human trafficking.

(6) The guidance must provide for a period during which no enforcement action should be taken against such an overseas domestic worker in respect of his or her-

(a) remaining in the United Kingdom beyond the time limited by his or her leave to enter or remain, or

(b) breaching a condition of that leave relating to his or her employment, if he or she did so because of the matters relied on as slavery or human trafficking.

(7) In this section-

“immigration rules” has the same meaning as in the Immigration Act 1971;

“enforcement action” has the meaning given by section 24A of that Act;

“overseas domestic worker” means a person who, under the immigration rules, has (or last had) leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as-

(a) a domestic worker in a private household, or

(b) a private servant in a diplomatic household.”

72B: Clause 56, page 40, line 22, after “5” insert “(except for section (Overseas domestic workers))”

72C: Clause 56, page 40, line 29, leave out “Parts 4,” and insert “Part 4, section (Overseas domestic workers) in Part 5, and Parts”

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop3 011.5%
Con160 (+1 tell) 069.1%
Crossbench34 27 (+2 tell)32.8%
DUP0 250.0%
Green0 1100.0%
Independent Labour0 1100.0%
Judge3 020.0%
Lab0 15267.6%
LDem79 (+1 tell) 076.2%
PC0 150.0%
UUP2 0100.0%
Total:281 18458.2%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

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Baroness Afshar Crossbenchaye
Lord Alton of LiverpoolCrossbenchtellaye
Lord Berkeley of KnightonCrossbenchaye
Lord Bhatia Crossbenchaye
Lord Blair of BoughtonCrossbenchaye
Baroness Boothroyd Crossbenchaye
Lord Cameron of DillingtonCrossbench (front bench)aye
The Earl of ClancartyCrossbenchaye
Baroness Cox Crossbenchaye
Viscount Craigavon Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Craig of RadleyCrossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Dannatt Crossbenchaye
Lord Elis-Thomas Crossbenchaye
The Earl of ErrollCrossbenchaye
Viscount Falkland LDem (front bench)aye
Baroness Finlay of LlandaffCrossbenchaye
Lord Harries of PentregarthCrossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Hennessy of NympsfieldCrossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Hollins Crossbenchaye
Baroness Howe of IdlicoteCrossbenchaye
Lord Hylton Crossbenchtellaye
Lord Kerr of KinlochardCrossbench (front bench)aye
The Countess of MarCrossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Masham of IltonCrossbenchaye
Baroness Meacher Crossbenchaye
Baroness O'Neill of BengarveCrossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Ouseley Crossbenchaye
Lord Patel of BradfordCrossbenchaye
Lord Quirk Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Skidelsky Crossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Stern Crossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Tonge LDemaye
Lord Walpole Crossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Young of HornseyCrossbenchaye

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