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Rape

Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average length of sentence served by those convicted of rape since 1969.

I regret that the information requested is not readily available and could be provided only by special inquiry and at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give figures for incidents of rape reported to the police in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976; in how many of the incidents arrests were made; and how many of those so charged were found guilty.

The number of offences of rape recorded as known to the police in England and Wales is given in the following table:

Year of police recordingOffences recorded as known to the police
1970884
1971784
1972893
1973998
19741,052
19751,040
Arrest figures could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Information about those arrested who were charged is not available, but the following table shows the number of people proceeded against in the courts:
PERSONS PROCEEDED AGAINST BY THE COURTS FOR OFFENCES OF RAPE—BY RESULT ALL COURTS—England and Wales
Number of persons
Year of court decisionProceeded againstFound guilty
1970471305
1971438269
1972509281
1973504331
1974540343
1975546336