Female Genital Mutilation — Question

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

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 11:37 am, 7th November 2013

My Lords, we have failed thousands of young women. This issue first came above my radar horizon as a Minister in the Home Office when one of my sisters, who was training as a midwife, explained the full horror and scale of FGM. I was completely horrified. I failed in my time in the Home Office to ensure that people were being correctly prosecuted. Since then, we have not done any better. I am glad to hear what is being said, but does the

Minister really believe that now we will ensure we have a series of prosecutions? If we do not, we will not stop this vile thing happening.