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Forced Marriage

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the Forced Marriage Unit's current review considers measures to extend the statutory guidance to all agencies in all parts of the country.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage applies to all persons and bodies in England and Wales who exercise public functions in relation to safeguarding children and adults. It also applies to third parties who exercise public functions on behalf of those persons or bodies.

The review intends to evaluate how agencies have applied the strategic principles for dealing with forced marriage as set out within the guidance, with a view to identifying patterns, good practice and possible areas for improvement.

We understand that Scotland and Northern Ireland are developing their own statutory guidance. We will share the findings of our review with them to inform their work.

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