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Female Genital Mutilation

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to draw to the attention of England and Wales police forces National Health Service statistics about the number of new cases of female genital mutilation; and what recent discussions they have had with police and prosecution authorities about the prosecution rate for female genital mutilation.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Minister for Crime Prevention is chairing a cross government FGM roundtable meeting on 10 November, to which the National Policing Lead on Female Genital Mutilation, the Director of Public Prosecutions and other key stakeholders are invited. The meeting will take stock of progress in implementing the extensive package of announcements to tackle FGM made at the Girl Summit hosted by the PM on 22 July. This includes the recently published NHS statistics on cases of FGM and how they can be promoted, alongside new FGM prevalence data, part-funded by the Home Office and published by City University and Equality Now in July 2014.

The roundtable will also review current progress on police and Crown Prosecution Service activity to tackle FGM.

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