On 4th March 2015, three bishops took part in a division on the Government’s Modern Slavery Bill, relating to giving the powers to the Secretary of State to appoint a body which could maintain a website enabling greater business supply chain transparency.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop of Chester and Bishop of Derby voted ‘Content’ to support Lord Alton’s amendment 3 to the Modern Slavery Bill.
Lord Alton of Liverpool moved amendment 3, in clause 54, page 42, line 44, at end to insert:
“(11A) The Secretary of State may by regulations appoint an organisation or an individual to collate slavery and human trafficking statements, and to maintain a website on which to publish those statements in a form in which the published data is searchable by members of the public without charge.”
The House divided: