Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:13 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee 5:13 pm, 5th June 2018

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if this is such an important issue for Northern Ireland, it had best get its Assembly up and running quickly, otherwise we will increasingly find that this Chamber decides issues on behalf of Northern Ireland that should legitimately be decided by the Assembly itself? My vote is that we should never put women in the position of seeking back-street abortions—many of us will have older relatives who were in that position. This goes back to the fact that Northern Ireland needs to get its Assembly running.