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Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has undertaken into the reasons for the levels of conviction rates in rape cases. (90117)

The Home Office commissioned a research study which aimed to explore the factors associated with attrition in rape cases. The findings from the research have been published and a copy of the report can be found online on the Home Office Science, Research and Statistics publication website. The report is called: Gap or Chasm? Attrition in reported rape cases (2005). Kelly, L., Lovett, J. and Regan, L. Home Office Research Study 293.

The Home Office has also undertaken a research project which aims to gain a deeper insight into police investigative practices and levels of detection in relation to sexual violence. This research is planned to be published in early 2007.