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Female Genital Mutilation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) police forces and (b) local authorities in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland have made applications for female genital mutilation protection orders to date.

Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many girls have been issued with female genital mutilation protection orders to date.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister for Equalities (Department for Education), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Statistics on FGM Protection Orders are publicly available as part of the Family Courts Statistics Quarterly series at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-court-statistics-quarterly.

FGM Protection Orders were introduced on 17 July 2015 and statistics are only currently available for the period 1 July to 30 September 2015.

The number of applications made by police and local authorities in England were as follows:

  • 5 applications were made by local authorities; and
  • 11 applications were made by police.

No applications were made by local authorities or police in Wales.

As justice is a devolved matter, statistics on the number of applications made for an FGM Protection Order in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive.

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