Forced Marriage

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend that any forthcoming criminalisation of forced marriage would have extra-territorial effect .

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government have recently signed the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence on behalf of the United Kingdom. Officials are currently preparing plans to ratify the convention, including the options as regards the appropriate extraterritorial application of new criminal law relating to forced marriage. An announcement will be made in due course.

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