Conversion Therapy

Women and Equalities written question – answered at on 19 June 2023.

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Photo of Stewart McDonald Stewart McDonald Scottish National Party, Glasgow South

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government has made on a ban on all forms of conversion therapy.

Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to publish draft legislation banning conversion practices.

Photo of Paul Howell Paul Howell Conservative, Sedgefield

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she plans to complete pre-legislative scrutiny on the bill to ban conversion therapy in this parliamentary term.

Photo of Alicia Kearns Alicia Kearns Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when pre-legislative scrutiny on the draft bill to ban conversion therapy will commence.

Photo of Alicia Kearns Alicia Kearns Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent steps she has taken to ban conversion therapy; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Alicia Kearns Alicia Kearns Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she plans to introduce a bill to ban conversion therapy in this parliamentary term.

Photo of Jamie Wallis Jamie Wallis Conservative, Bridgend

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress her Department has made on bringing forward legislative proposals for the proposed ban on conversion therapy.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Equalities)

The Government remains committed to protecting everyone who is at risk of conversion practices from harm, and will shortly publish a draft Bill and consultation response setting out our approach to banning these abhorrent practices. The draft legislation will go for pre-legislative scrutiny by a Joint Committee in this parliamentary session.

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