MPs considered Lords amendments to Modern Slavery Bill: 17 March 2015

17 March 2015

MPs debated amendments made by the House of Lords to the Modern Slavery Bill, in the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

The Commons disagreed with Lords amendment 72 and proposed amendments in lieu (Division No.178, Ayes 276, Noes 209).

The Commons agreed to Lords amendments 1 to 71, and 73 to 95 on question, without a vote, with Commons financial privilege waived in respect of Lords amendments 20, 45 and 61

The Modern Slavery Bill will now return to the Lords for further consideration.

Related information

Summary of the Bill

The Bill consolidates the current offences relating to trafficking and slavery. Key areas include:

  • creating two new civil orders to prevent modern slavery
  • establishing an Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • making provision for the protection of modern slavery victims.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was presented to in the House of Commons on 10 June 2014. The Bill had its Commons second reading debate on 8 July 2014 and completed its committee stage in the Commons on 14 October 2014. Report stage and third reading in the Commons took place on 4 November 2014.

The Bill was introduced into the Lords on 5 November 2014. The Bill had it Lords second reading debate on 17 November 2014 and completed its committee stage in the Lords on 10 December 2014. Lords report stage took place on 23 and 25 February 2015, and third reading on 4 March 2015
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Modern Slavery Bill and find out how a bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

Lords Amendments

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.

What happens after consideration of amendments?

Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).

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