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Child Sexual Exploitation and Consent to Sexual Intercourse

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 22nd May 2018.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin 11:00 am, 22nd May 2018

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate on an important local and national issue, and on attracting to the debate the Solicitor General, who is probably the most qualified person in Parliament to respond. The police can always learn lessons, but charging decisions are often a joint exercise with the Crown Prosecution Service. Some of the cases she refers to are of vulnerable young adults who are known to the local authority. Telford and Wrekin Council, which is a key stakeholder in the issue, needs to get on with conducting the independent inquiry, appointing an independent chairman, restoring public confidence in the local council and ensuring that victims get the justice they deserve.