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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:39 am on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon 10:39 am, 18th July 2019

The National Crime Agency was first warned about the activities of the paedophile Matthew Bell in September 2016, but he was not arrested until March 2018, which allowed him to continue to abuse Filipino children, some as young as 11, until April 2017. Yvette Cooper, Chairman of the Select Committee on Home Affairs, described this as “incredibly disturbing”, and went on to say,

“I’ve been concerned for many years that there just aren’t enough resources going into this given the scale of the escalating problem we face.”

May we have a debate in Government time, or a statement from the Home Secretary, on the resources available to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command and the NCA, so that we can ensure that we are properly resourced to combat a crime that sometimes, alas, includes children around the world being peddled by their own family, and so that we can make sure that we are doing everything that we can to control and stamp out this abhorrent behaviour?