Legislation Against Female Genital Mutilation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:56 pm on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon 4:56 pm, 11th February 2019

That is correct.

I thank my hon. and learned Friend the Minister for making a statement today. I also welcome that she does not see a moral equivalence between brit milah and female genital mutilation. There is no moral equivalence between the two. I urge her to bring forward legislation as soon as possible, because I would like to hear the reasons why my hon. Friend Sir Christopher Chope opposed the Bill. I do not believe it is sustainable to say, “I objected to the Bill because of procedure rather than its content.” Let us bring forward a Bill as quickly as possible so that not only can we hear that defence but, more importantly, we can hear the will of the House by taking a vote on the issue.