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Child Sexual Exploitation and Consent to Sexual Intercourse

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:19 am on 22nd May 2018.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 11:19 am, 22nd May 2018

There is indeed a further investigation as a result of my hon. Friend’s letter and I have committed to writing to her about the outcome.

The tools that the prosecution now has are considerable. We even have tools relating to sending sexual communications to a child ahead of any grooming, which came into force last year, and for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 we also have preventive measures, such as sexual risk prevention orders. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising the matter. I undertake to respond to her more fully in relation to the specific offence and I reassure her that this Government, and this Solicitor General, take child sexual abuse extremely seriously.

Question put and agreed to.

Sitting suspended.