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Home Department written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government plans to ratify the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

The UK has some of the most robust protections in the world against violence towards women and we already comply with the vast majority of the articles of the Istanbul convention, which we signed on 8 June 2012. We need to ensure that all articles are fully met before ratification and we are currently working within the UK Government and with the devolved Administrations to do this.

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