On 25th March 2015, three bishops took part in a division on the Government’s Modern Slavery Bill, relating to visas for domestic workers.
The Bishop of Derby, Bishop of Peterborough, and Bishop of Portsmouth voted ‘Not Content’, against Lord Hylton’s amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill.
Lord Hylton moved Motion A1, as an amendment to Motion A, at end insert “but do propose Amendments 72D, 72E and 72F as amendments to Amendment 72A”.
72D: Clause 56, line 3, leave out from “for” to end of line 14 and insert “overseas domestic workers entering the United Kingdom on the restricted domestic worker visa, including those working for the staff of diplomatic missions, to be entitled to—
(a) change their employer (but not work sector) while in the United Kingdom provided they notify the Secretary of State;
(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) obtain a 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.”
72E: Clause 56, line 16, after “(1)” insert “(c)”
72F: Clause 56, line 19, leave out subsection (4)
The House divided:
Contents: 196 | Not Contents: 285 | Result: Government Win