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

I will not, if the hon. and learned Lady will forgive me.

I simply do not believe that no action will be taken when the Northern Ireland Assembly is formed again, but if none is, what can the Government do to ensure that there are no potential breaches of international conventions such as the ones I have already talked about?

This place legislated to devolve powers on abortion to Northern Ireland. We cannot ride roughshod over that, and we have a responsibility to uphold the law. Equally, the lack of a functioning Assembly hampers progress. Westminster has a right to disagree with the Assembly and the actions that it has taken, and this debate should be a vigorous exploration of all those arguments. But we have clear international responsibilities to outlaw discrimination against women. We need to make sure that we, as Westminster parliamentarians, are doing for that for women in the four corners of the United Kingdom.