A bill to amend the new Modern Slavery Act has started life in the House of Lords. If it becomes law in its current form it will:
- apply the Act to public bodies (bodies governed by public law, contracting authorities and central government authorities);
- require commercial organisations and public bodies to include their yearly slavery and human trafficking statement in their annual report and accounts;
- require the Secretary of State to publish, in an easily accessible place and format, a list, categorised by sector, of all commercial organisations that have to publish the statement;
- amend the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to require contracting authorities to exclude an economic operator from participation in a procurement procedure where they have established that that operator has not produced a slavery and human trafficking statement as required by the Act.