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Female Genital Mutilation

Attorney-General written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Attorney-General how many convictions for committing female genital mutilation there were in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

There have been no prosecutions or convictions in respect of offences relating to female genital mutilation in the last three years.

In September 2012 the Director of Public Prosecutions chaired a roundtable meeting to consider the lack of prosecutions, and to explore why so few cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being referred to the CPS for charge and prosecution. The roundtable meeting was drawn from a range of groups including parliamentarians, groups representing the victims of FGM, members from the medical profession, the police and the CPS. A key outcome of the meeting was the publication of an action plan setting out the steps to be taken to strengthen investigation and evidence to support a successful prosecution.

On 5 September 2013 the Director chaired a second roundtable meeting to discuss progress on the FGM action plan. The roundtable, one year on, looked at the progress made on the different elements of the action plan and the Director highlighted that, as a result of work to date, the CPS and the police were now in a much better position to tackle FGM. An updated action plan will be published shortly.

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