Amendment 162

Part of Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day) – in the House of Lords at 11:30 pm on 8th February 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Sanderson of Welton Baroness Sanderson of Welton Conservative 11:30 pm, 8th February 2021

My Lords, I too will speak to Amendment 162, although, by this stage in the evening, the arguments have already been made. It is not necessary for me to outline the damage that is done by threats to share intimate images or how distressing it is for victims. Anyway, the Government recognise the problem, which is why they have asked the Law Commission to conduct a review.

I understand why the Government wish to wait for the outcome of that review, but we already know that these threats are carried out largely in the context of domestic abuse, which seems to make this Bill the appropriate legislative vehicle. So that leaves us with a conundrum. I appreciate the difficulty, so simply ask my noble friend the Minister how the Government intend to address this issue, in a timely way, if they cannot consider this amendment at this moment in time.