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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Yesterday, the Government were pleased to give their support and time to the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill, sponsored in this House by my hon. Friend Zac Goldsmith. The Bill, which seeks to make a small yet important change to the Children Act 1989, offers both a sensible simplification of the court process and a useful extension to the family courts’ powers to protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation. It will add to the measures that the Government have brought forward to tackle FGM issues.