Female Genital Mutilation:Written question - HL12848

Asked on: 15 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Female Genital Mutilation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have conducted into the prevalence of female genital mutilation in England.
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Answered by: Baroness Manzoor
Answered on: 29 January 2019

An estimated 137,000 women in the United Kingdom are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). NHS Digital publishes annual experimental statistics – the FGM Enhanced Dataset – which supports the Department’s FGM Prevention Programme by presenting a national picture of the prevalence of FGM in England. The most recent quarterly statistics, published in December 2018 and covering the period July-September 2018, show that there were 1,630 women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure related to FGM was undertaken. These accounted for 2,025 attendances reported at National Health Service trusts and general practitioner practices where FGM was identified or a procedure related to FGM was undertaken. There were 925 newly recorded women and girls in this period.

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