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Forced Marriage: Prosecutions

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to increase the number of forced marriage cases which are prosecuted. (298222)

The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 was implemented in November 2008 providing greater protection for those at risk, preventing forced marriage and enabling courts to make Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPOs). These are civil provisions. We continue to work with agencies including the police and local authorities to ensure they are aware of the Act’s provisions.

Since implementation of the Act on 25 November 2008 up to 31 October 2009 a total of 79 FMPOs have been made.