Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (488)

Denis Naughten

Question:

488. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he intends to revise the Sex Offenders Act 2001 to protect vulnerable persons against sexual exploitation and abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13061/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The General Scheme of a Sexual Offences Bill, which includes amendments to the Sex Offenders Act 2001, is at an advanced stage of preparation in my Department. This will be wide-ranging legislation. In addition to the amendments to the 2001 Act, it will implement the recommendations of two Oireachtas committees and reform the law on incest. It will also facilitate full compliance with the criminal law provisions of relevant EU, UN and Council of Europe instruments. I expect to bring the General Scheme to Government shortly with a view to seeking approval for drafting of the necessary legislation.