Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:01 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Chair, Women and Equalities Committee 3:01 pm, 5th June 2018

My hon. Friend has brought up an important issue, to which I will come in a moment. There may be a way for people in Northern Ireland to express their views at a time when they do not have a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly.

I was talking about people who are calling for change—whether at the Northern Ireland Assembly, at the Department of Justice, among the general public or in professional bodies, or, as the hon. Member for Walthamstow mentioned, in the courts, which are also considering the need for change; a case before the Supreme Court will be decided shortly.