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The Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill is a private member’s bill introduced on 23 May 2016 by Baroness Young of Hornsey. The second reading has been scheduled for 8 July 2016. The Bill seeks to amend the Modern Slavery Act 2015 so that public bodies would be required to include a yearly statement on slavery and human trafficking. Currently, the Act only requires Commercial organisations to issue such a statement. The Bill would also seek to amend the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 so that public contracting authorities would be prevented from using an economic operator that has no produced a slavery and human trafficking statement. This In Focus also examines the background to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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