Sexual Offences Act 1967 Debate

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Sexual Offences Act 1967

Lord Patel of Bradford Excerpts
Tuesday 18th July 2017

(4 years, 3 months ago)

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Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford
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The noble Lord is right to raise that point. First, I commend the Church for the work it is doing—I know that the most reverend Primate and other prelates are already doing work on this and will continue to do it. However, as the noble Lord will know, the former Prime Minister raised this matter at the Malta CHOGM in 2015, and we are already well on with thinking about how, when we host that in 2018, we can build on the progress made in 2015. We have called on certain Commonwealth countries, of which there are quite a few, to review any laws they have which criminalise LGBT people.

Lord Patel of Bradford Portrait Lord Patel of Bradford (Lab)
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While I echo the sentiments expressed about Commonwealth countries, can I bring the Minister back to the UK? Will she say what the Government are doing with respect to transgender people in our prisons, where there has been a serious spate of suicides because of the way they are treated?

Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford
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The noble Lord is right to raise that. Certainly, in immigration detention transgender people are recognised as people at risk, and putting them in detention is avoided wherever possible. It is absolutely right that everybody in prison is treated properly, and the Government continue to look at this.