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Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle modern slavery. (127999)

DFID supports long-term development programmes to tackle the poverty and social exclusion that make people vulnerable to modern slavery.

The UK is also a major supporter of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its Special Action Programme on Forced Labour (SAP-FL). We will provide core funding of almost £2 million to SAP-FL over the next three years, in addition to support to individual country programmes.

Last month DFID published a booklet, “Breaking the Chains: Eliminating slavery, ending poverty”. It highlights the link between the fight against slavery and poverty and some of the work the UK is supporting through the ILO and other organisations.