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Forced Marriage Unit

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many alleged incidents of forced marriage have been reported to the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit in each year since its establishment. (174506)

The Forced Marriage Unit was established in 2005 as the Government’s one stop shop for dealing with forced marriage casework, policy and projects.

The Forced Marriage Unit receives 5,000 inquiries and handles approximately 300 cases a year. Subject to concerns about maintaining confidentiality, a new system to capture data on cases will be implemented next year.