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Sexual Offences Act

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 73 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; what recent representations he has received about the operation of this Act; and whether he plans to amend this Act. (75522)

In 2005 the Government undertook a stock take into the effectiveness of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. During that review, the provisions of section 73 of the Act—exceptions to aiding, abetting and counselling—were generally welcomed as a necessary safeguard and helpful to those whose job it was to protect children from pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases or otherwise protect or promote the well-being of children. There are no plans to amend section 73 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.