Upskirting

Upskirting is an abhorrent practice, and I absolutely share people's disgust that this sort of behaviour takes place. I am pleased to be able to tell you that upskirting is already illegal in Scotland, and that the UK Government is currently looking at how it can extend this offence to England and Wales.

The UK Government has said it will look at the current law to ensure that it is fit for purpose, and will change it as needed. Ministers have repeatedly made clear that this practice is distressing and disgusting, and cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged. They are therefore looking carefully at the Private Members’ Bill introduced by Ms Hobhouse.

I hope that the Government will soon be in a position to announce what steps it will take in England and Wales to tackle this problem. I will continue to put pressure on them to act and ensure that no woman has to suffer the humiliation of this practice.