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​WRITTEN STATEMENTS OF OPINION

TABLED ON 23/11/16

R Signifies the Member has declared an interest

 

OPIN-2016-0025 Offence of sending sexual communication to a child via the Serious Crime Act

 
Raised By:

Lynne Neagle

Subscribers:
Vikki Howells
Hefin David
Bethan Jenkins
Siân Gwenllian
Rhun ap Iorwerth
Neil Hamilton
David J Rowlands
Angela Burns
Dai Lloyd
Nathan Gill
Dawn Bowden
Huw Irranca-Davies
Darren Millar
Mark Isherwood
Mohammad Asghar
Steffan Lewis
Llyr Gruffydd
Jeremy Miles
David Rees
Suzy Davies
Mike Hedges
Simon Thomas 16/12/16
Joyce Watson 30/1/17

 
Offence of sending sexual communication to a child via the Serious Crime Act

This Assembly

•Notes that, following an NSPCC petition signed by over 50,000 people, the UK Government introduced a new offence of sending sexual communication to a child via the Serious Crime Act in March 2015;
 
•Expresses concern that the UK Government has still not set a start date for this law and believes that every day we wait is another day children are at risk;
 
•Calls on the Welsh Government to make representations to the UK Government to commence the offence as soon as possible and ensure that our police have this vital tool to help protect children from abuse.

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