CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

HOMOSEXUAL AGE OF CONSENT – 1 March 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: The hon. Gentleman [Dr Evan Harris] makes some thoughtful points about the dangers of blackmail. I put it to him that a countervailing aspect of new clause 2 is that by decriminalising the offence for the younger party, the hon. Gentleman removes the ability of the younger man to say to the older man, who is urging him into a homosexual relationship, "I mustn't do that, because it is against the law." Is the hon. Gentleman concerned about that aspect?