Abortion: Demonstrations

Home Office written question – answered at on 16 November 2023.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Section 9 of the Public Order Act 2023, what is her expected timeline for implementing safe access zones.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

The Public Order Act 2023 received Royal Assent on 2 May. Implementation of the Public Order Act measures is staggered.

The Government respects the will of Parliament and is working to commence Safe Access Zones as soon as is practicably possible. We have been considering what needs to be done to ensure Safe Access Zones can be implemented as effectively as possible, with law enforcement agencies having a clear and consistent understanding around enforcement, and abortion service providers and protestors being clear as to what is expected under the new law.

The timescales for commencing the new Section 9 offence of interference with access to, or provision of, abortion services will be confirmed in due course.

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