Thank you for contacting me about the Istanbul Convention.
Last month I was pleased to support and vote for the new legislation which will enable the Istanbul convention to be introduced in to the UK. This Government remains committed to tackling violence against women and girls, and to ratifying the Istanbul Convention.
As you will be aware, the UK Government signed the Convention in June 2012, and in most respects, the measures already in place in the UK to protect women and girls from violence comply with or go further than the Convention requires.
It is the case that the new legislation, which is now making its way through the House of Lords, will make further amendments to domestic law, to take extra-territorial jurisdiction over a range of offences, are necessary so that the Convention can be ratified.
Let me be clear that the UK continues to lead efforts at home and abroad to tackle violence against women and girls, end Female Genital Mutilation and combat early and forced marriage.
The Government has made clear that it has carefully considered the Bill and supports its key principles, which place a duty on the Government to take all reasonable steps to enable us to become compliant with the convention, and require the Government to lay before Parliament a report setting out the steps to be taken to enable it to ratify the convention.