Home Affairs Committee


The Home Affairs Committee is took evidence on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 29 April 2014.

FGM is the removal of all or part of a girl's external genitals, usually before the child's 10th birthday.

FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 but some communities believe that FGM reduces female sex drive and therefore the chances of sex outside marriage.

No one to date has been convicted in the UK of carrying out FGM.

Evidence was heard from:

  • Commander Mak Chihty, Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Metropolitan Police
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, Metropolitan Police
  • Dr Suzy Elneil, Chair, Forward UK
  • Lisa Harker, NSPCC
  • Norman Baker MP, Home Office Minister
  • Jane Ellison MP, Health Minister
  • Edward Timpson MP, Children and Families Minister

Please be aware that this session contains the use of graphic terms used to describe parts of the human body

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