To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Governments of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to introduce measures to give civil protection to British Asians when they are within their jurisdiction to prevent them from being forced into marriages and to enable them to return freely to the United Kingdom. [HL2413]
I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given by my noble friend Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 January 2009 (Official Report, col. WA102) to his Written Question on forced marriage legislation. We continue to work with the Governments of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to tackle forced marriage and encourage them to take steps to prevent forced marriages from taking place. These discussions cover a range of options, from awareness-raising and outreach work to possible legal remedies. We continue to work closely with these Governments to provide effective consular assistance to British nationals affected by forced marriage.
Our joint Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit has commissioned development of an e-learning training package for front-line professionals dealing with forced marriage cases. This is expected to be rolled out to professionals in relevant departments in April 2010.