Human Rights Act

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 19th November 2013.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General 11:30 am, 19th November 2013

I am afraid I have to disagree with my hon. Friend. If he were correct, the criminalisation of homosexuality would remain acceptable, because the convention would not have evolved. I realise he touches on a difficult issue. Some have argued that the interpretation of the convention goes further that it should, and that is a legitimate issue of public debate. As for the principle that the convention should simply be static and remain where it was in 1950, I think careful examination would soon reveal a great many problems that would cause anxiety in this House.