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Rape Sentences

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Solicitor-General about the Sentencing Guidelines Council’s recent recommendation that men convicted of rape should receive a lighter sentence if they had been close to their victim before the offence. (75578)

The draft sentencing guidelines on sexual offending were published on 7 June and I will be discussing them with colleagues at the forthcoming inter-ministerial group on sexual offending. I sit on this group in my capacity as Deputy Minister for Women and Equality.