The Home Office is a week late in replying to our latest FOI request on MGM

Last November we sent Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, an FOI request in relation to MGM. A month later, after receiving her department’s response, we posted a blog piece with the snappy title, “A Home Office contender for a ‘Most stupid response to a FOI request’ award (in relation to the legality of MGM)”.

We promptly send Amber Rudd a new FOI request, here. It consisted of this simple question:

Why are the police not bringing prosecutions against those who carry out non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors, the infliction of bodily harm on minors without the legal capacity to give permission to that bodily harm, in breach of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861?

We received an email acknowledgement from the Home Office, which included this:

We will aim to send you a full response by 05/01/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

Almost a week has passed since the deadline, and we’ve emailed the Home Office to point out the delay, but we’ve heard nothing back. We’ll keep posting weekly updates about the delay, until we get a response.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • In my experience a delay usually means that its been “kicked upstairs” simple FOIs will be answered by junior staff just checked over by someone a bit senior. Keep pushing.

  • William Gruff

    Amber has some very generous circumcised friends so there won’t be any prosecutions on her watch.

  • cheannaich

    Dear Mr Buchanan,
    The empowered woman that normally deals with FOI requests is on maternity leave. Unfortunately, her stand in is off with PMT and probably further complications (reclaiming her tampon tax). We do have a young work experience chap currently handling your request but unfortunately he has failed his Equality and Diversity training. As a result, he is required to redo his training and will not be available for six months.
    We at the office take all FOI requests seriously but for organisations such as yours, we couldn’t care less.
    Hope this explains the situation.
    Love and Kisses
    The HUM OFFICE

  • You asked; “Why are the police not bringing prosecutions against those who carry out non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors, the infliction of bodily harm on minors without the legal capacity to give permission to that bodily harm, in breach of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861?”

    The world would stop spinning if this question involved FGM.

    Why do men allow this?