Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (252)

Bríd Smith

Question:

252. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a review of the impact of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 will be held and completed; if it will examine specifically the impact of the changes in law on sex workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49764/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Part 4 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 specifies that, not later than 3 years after its commencement, the Minister for Justice and Equality shall cause a report to be prepared on the operation of Section 7A of the Act and cause this report to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

This report is required to include information as to the number of arrests and convictions in respect of offences under Section 7A of the Act during the period from commencement of that section and an assessment of the impact of the operation of that section on the safety and well-being of person who engage in sexual activity for payment.

My Department is at present undertaking the groundwork for the preparation of this report. The approach to be adopted, including the means for consultation with stakeholders, will be announced and the report, when complete, will also be published in due course.