HC Deb 16 February 1949 vol 461 cc1119-20
34. Mr. Wilson Harris

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in what British dependencies the rite of female circumcision is practised; and what steps are taken to bring the practice to an end.

Mr. Creech Jones

I understand that the rites of female circumcision, generally in their less severe forms, are practised among a few tribes in certain of the African dependencies. I am not aware that the custom exists in British dependencies outside these areas. By tactful and unobtrusive persuasion, Governments have influenced and continue to influence African opinion in favour of its abolition, and with the spread of education and knowledge of hygiene there is reason to believe that progress will be made.