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Equal Opportunities Committee consider Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2, 03/05/05 [S]

At their meeting on 3 May 2005 the Equal Opportunities Committee completed their consideration of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 and agreed their amendments to the Bill.

They agreed to amendment 4 which adds offences under the Bill committed against children under the age of 17 to the list of offences in Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. This amendment will provide additional protection for girls living in the same household as a girl who has previously been mutilated or a person who has been convicted of carrying out or arranging FGM. The convicting court would be able to refer the girl to a Children's Reporter who would then be able to refer to a Children's Hearing.

The Committee also agreed to amendments 16 and 17 that are designed to protect girls who are not UK nationals or permanent UK residents by making it an offence for anyone else to arrange that such a girl be taken overseas to undergo FGM.

Amendments were also agreed to regarding the definition of FGM, cosmetic surgical procedures, piercing and tattooing, and aiding and abetting.

Full details are available on the Equal Opportunities Official Report 3 May 2005.

Further Information

  1. Equal Opportunities Official Report 3 May 2005