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Conversion Therapy

Question for Women and Equalities

UIN HL6567, tabled on 7 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed ban on same sex attraction therapy will include a prohibition on talking therapy.

Answered on

31 July 2020

The Government takes this issue of Conversion Therapy very seriously and fundamentally disagrees with attempts to forcibly change someone’s sexuality. In order to end conversion therapy practice for good, we are thoroughly considering all legislative and non-legislative options.

My officials are reviewing the current legislative framework to see how certain harmful and abhorrent practices referred to as conversion therapy may already be captured by existing laws and offences. Where these practices are already unlawful, we will ensure that the law is clear, well-understood and enforced. Where dangerous conversion therapy practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending them underground.

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