Baroness Smith of Basildon – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon on 2016-09-09.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for female genital mutilation have been taken, or are pending, under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 in each year from 2005 to date.

Baroness Mobarik

There has been one prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 since it came into force.

The Crown Prosecution Service is unable to report data on pre-charge decisions by offence, because the applicable offence(s) are only confirmed when a defendant is charged and the case proceeds to a first hearing in court.