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Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the deportation of women to countries where forced genital mutilation is practised. (274003)

UKBA may enforce the removal of any individual whose claim to remain in the UK has failed.

An individual makes a claim to remain in the UK, setting out the reasons for their claim, including any fear of genital mutilation. That claim is considered in full and a decision is made as to whether the individual would qualify for refugee status or humanitarian protection because of a well-founded fear that she will be subjected to female genital mutilation on her return to the country of origin, and there is evidence that this practice is knowingly tolerated by the authorities or they are unable to offer effective protection, and that there is no reasonable possibility that she would be able to avoid the threat by moving elsewhere within the country.

If this claim is refused and the courts do not uphold any appeal against such a decision the individual will be expected to leave the United Kingdom. If she does not do so voluntarily we will seek to enforce return.