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Sexual Offences

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of sexual assault were reported in (a) England and (b) each of the regions (i) in total and (ii) in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last three years. (145458)

The available information relates to offences recorded by the police in England and in each region and is given in the table. Statistics for parliamentary constituencies are not available centrally.

Serious assaults recorded by the police in England

Number of offences

Region

Rape

Sexual assault1

Total

2003-04

North East

555

1,383

1,938

North West

1,757

4,033

5,790

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,278

2,919

4,197

East Midlands

1,112

2,475

3,587

West Midlands

1,370

3,380

4,750

East of England

1,251

2,774

4,025

London

2,575

5,832

8,407

South East

1,633

4,118

5,751

South West

1,201

2,558

3,759

England

12,732

29,472

42,204

2005-05

North East

578

1,201

1,779

North West

1,836

3,693

5,529

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,335

2,433

3,768

East Midlands

1,141

2,476

3,617

West Midlands

1,574

3,012

4,586

East of England

1,290

2,424

3,714

London

2,453

4,985

7,438

South East

1,966

3,874

5,840

South West

1,266

2,297

3,563

England

13,439

26,395

39,834

2005-06

North East

690

1,236

1,926

North West

1,807

3,255

5,062

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,438

2,442

3,880

East Midlands

1,200

2,287

3,487

West Midlands

1,552

2,825

4,377

East of England

1,430

2,203

3,633

London

2,404

4,486

6,890

South East

2,113

3,573

5,686

South West

1,200

2,198

3,398

England

13,834

24,505

38,339

1 Includes recorded offences of indecent assault on a male or female and sexual assault on a male or female.

Note:

The Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced in May 2004, altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.