Female Genital Mutilation — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:37 am on 7th November 2013.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 11:37 am, 7th November 2013

My Lords, the Government are as frustrated as I am sure the noble and learned Baroness is by the lack of prosecutions. We welcome the Crown Prosecution Service action plan, published last year with a view to bringing successful prosecutions. The CPS guidance on FGM prosecutions provides a useful framework for prosecutors to understand how to build stronger cases with the police to bring to court. It explains how they need to be aware of the fact that where there is a victim of FGM, the local authority or social services may well have material or information to support that.