What these notes do
These Explanatory Notes relate to the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL] as brought from the House of Lords on 19 November 2018 (Bill 294).
· These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Ministry of Justice , with the approval of the sponsors of the Bill (Lord Berkeley of Knighton and Zac Goldsmith MP) in order to assist the reader of the Bill and to help inform debate on it. They do not form part of the Bill and have not been endorsed by Parliament.
· These Explanatory Notes explain what each part of the Bill will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Bill will affect existing legislation in this area.
· These Explanatory Notes might best be read alongside the Bill. They are not, and are not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Bill.