__________________ Lord Pearson: My Lords, I beg you to ask the questions standing in my name on the order paper.
Lord Apologist: My Lords, the government funded Center of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse is working to build a more informed picture of the scale of these crimes and preventing them is a priority for the government. The independent Office for Police Conduct is currently conducting investigations into 33 police officers of varying ranks for potential criminal offenses and breaches of the standards of professional behavior linked to the Rotheram case.
Lord Pearson: My Lords, I fear that reply is shamefully inadequate, because these girls are usually raped several times a day, and so if we accept the views of our lead police officer for child protection, of Rotheram's MP, and of the recent JM Quilliam reports, we seem to be looking at millions of rapes of white and Sikh girls by Muslim men. Only 222 of whom have been convicted since 2005. So my Lords, will the government ask our Muslim leaders whether the perpetrators can claim that their behavior is sanctioned in the Koran, and to issue a fatwa against it? And second, my Lords, will the government encourage a national debate about the various interpretations of Islam? Can we talk about Islam without being accused of hate crime?
Lord Apologist: My Lords, child sexual exploitation is a vile crime and it is not exclusive to any one community or culture, or race, or religion. Political sensitivities or cultural sensitivities should not get into the way of tracking down offenders and preventing future abuse. Can I say to noble Lords that I think we s..