Female Genital Mutilation

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to revise the law on female genital mutilation in order to increase the number of prosecutions.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government is committed to tackling and preventing female genital mutilation.

We strongly support the action plan that the Director of Public Prosecutions has published with a view to bringing a successful prosecution for female genital mutilation.

As part of that plan, the Director of Public Prosecutions has recently written to Ministers identifying possible ways in which the criminal law might be strengthened to make prosecutions for female genital mutilation more likely. The Government will give careful consideration to the areas identified.

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