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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.
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.