Sexual Age Of Consent Will Not Be Lowered To 14, Insists David Cameron

David Cameron has rejected an "offensive" suggestion by officials that the age of sexual consent might be reduced to 14.

The change was among ideas floated by the Number 10 policy unit after being asked to come up with new ways to extend personal freedoms, the Daily Mail reported.

Among other recommendations was a relaxation of laws against nudity but a Downing Street spokesman denied claims that was being considered.

The Prime Minister has rejected suggestions of reducing the age of consent to 14 as 'offensive'

"The Prime Minister considers the idea of lowering the age of consent to be offensive," he said - insisting there were no plans to do so.

Asked about reforms to nudity laws, he added: "It's not something that the Prime Minister is considering."

Monday's mid-term review of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition said the Government would take further steps to "limit the scope" of the state "and extend our freedoms".

The age of consent has been 16 since 1875 but there have been calls for it to be lowered because so many teenagers are sexually active at a younger age.

Criminalising young people makes it harder to advise them on issues such as birth control and pregnancy and safeguards could be included to ensure it only applied to youngsters of a similar age, campaigners suggest.

The age of consent is 14 in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein and Puerto Rio.

Click here to view the legal age of consent across the rest of the world, as compiled by HIV and AIDs charity Avert.