Prostitution

Home Department written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) when her Department plans to publish the responses received to the consultation letter of 26 September 2008 on proposals for prostitution legislation;

(2) when the Violent Crime Unit plans to publish responses to its consultation letter on proposals for prostitution legislation dated 26 September 2008.

Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the responses to her Department's letter dated 26 September 2008 asking for views on her proposals arising out of the Tackling Demand for Prostitution review.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The Government wrote to a range of interested organisations on 26 September to seek their views on the proposed legislation. We received 67 responses from a variety of organisations representing the voluntary sector, statutory partners, local authorities and representatives of persons involved in prostitution and the lap-dancing industry. This was not a formal consultation and we did not indicate to potential respondents that their responses would be published. We therefore do not feel it appropriate to do so, although individual organisations are, of course, free to publicise their own views.

The issues involved here have also been subject to detailed scrutiny and discussion during the passage of the Policing and Crime Bill.

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Annotations

chris KEEFFE
Posted on 12 Mar 2009 1:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes Mr Campbell do please answer the question. The MP's want a date not waffle which is all we get from this government in respect to prostitution.

John Nightingale
Posted on 13 Mar 2009 9:52 am (Report this annotation)

Well done, Lynne, in raising another important issue.

Why ask for views if they cannot be fed into the public debate?

If there is a problem about confidentiality then either the responses can be anonymised, or respondents can be asked if they mind their responses being made public.

John Nightingale