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Crime: Sex Tourism

Volume 691: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What representations they have received from other states, non-governmental organisations and individuals about British citizens or residents travelling overseas for the sexual abuse of minors or for the production of pornography since the coming into force of the Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Act 1996; and how they have responded to such representations. [HL2752]

Enforcement of the law and intelligence gathering about sex offenders is an operational matter for the police. Any information received by the Government about British citizens or residents travelling abroad to abuse children would be brought to the attention of the police for their consideration.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many convictions there have been by United Kingdom courts of British citizens or residents for sexual offences committed overseas in each year since 1996. [HL2754]

Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and Section 16B of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 make it an offence in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for a British citizen or United Kingdom resident to commit certain acts overseas against a child under 16 (or, in the case of Northern Ireland, under 17).

Because offences are pursued, and therefore recorded, under the United Kingdom equivalent offence, it is not possible to provide statistics for the use of Section 72.