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Public Lavatories (Sexual Activity)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on sexual activity in public lavatories.[130431]

The Government believe that no-one should have to witness sexual activity in public lavatories. While the Government believe that current legislation does cover such activity, it is sympathetic to the aim of ensuring that there is no doubt that sexual activity in public toilets is unlawful. It has, therefore, tabled, during the Committee Stage in the House of Commons, amendments to Clause 67 of the Sexual Offences Bill, which proposes a new offence of "sexual activity in a public lavatory", to make explicit that such behaviour is unlawful and to ensure that the offence will be workable in practice.