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Explanatory Memorandum to Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

4.Legislative Background

4.1.This Order is being made by Order in Council procedure under Section 85 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and is subject to affirmative resolution.  As required by the Act, the Order is being laid along with a statement of the representations made during consultation, a report on the proposal by the Northern Ireland Assembly, and a statement containing details of changes made after consultation.

4.2.The provisions in the Order place the law on sexual offences in Northern Ireland on a par with Part 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and anticipates changes to the offences of grooming, sex with an adult relative, and offences committed outside the United Kingdom proposed in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill currently before Parliament.

4.3.The Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland Consequential Amendments) Order 2008 amends a number of UK Acts of Parliament as a consequence of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008.

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