Moves to outlaw sexual relationships between teachers and sixth formers

11th February 2000 at 00:00
Moves to outlaw sexual relationships between teachers and their sixth-formers look set to be driven through Parliament, writes Nicolas Barnard.

The Government has reintroduced a Bill to lower the age of consent for gay men to that for heterosexuals. It is the third-time round for the legislation which has twice been stymied in the House of Lords.

Ministers intend to use Parliamentary procedure to force through the legislation.

The Seual Offences (Amendment) Bill makes sexual relations illegal between young people aged 16 or 17 and those who hold a position of trust over them.

The clause is a concession to opponents of lowering the age of consent to gay sex. But teaching unions have condemned it as unnecessary.

Adults who break the law face a fine and up to five years in prison. The names of those aged 20 or over will be put on the sex offenders' register.

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