The Government today conceded the need to criminalise forced labour and servitude. Parliament was expected to vote this afternoon on an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill that would make servitude and forced labour an offence in the UK for the first time.
Despite a public climbdown in May, the Government intends to go ahead with plans to hold investigations into controversial deaths in secret, human rights group Liberty said today. Clauses buried in the Coroners and Justice Bill allow for an inquest to be suspended and a ‘secret inquiry’ held in its place.
The Home Office announced today that the clauses on DNA retention will be dropped from the Policing and Crime Bill and reconsidered after the Queen’s Speech. The clauses provided a regulation power that would have allowed sweeping retention of innocents’ DNA to continue.