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Sexual Offences: Children

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of sexual offences against children in each year from 1980-81 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (153941)

Information on the number of people convicted of sexual offences against children for the years 1995 to 2005 can be viewed in the following table.

Information for 1980 to 1994 is being gathered and I will write to the hon. Gentleman and place a copy in the Libraries of the House once available.

Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts for sexual offences against children in England and Wales for the years 1995 to 20051, 2, 3, 4

Found guilty

1995

2,300

1996

2,599

1997

2,660

1998

2,557

1999

2,507

2000

2,286

2001

2,163

2002

2,284

2003

2,154

2004

2,399

2005

2,198

1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 3 128 offences have been used In this table and include sections of the following statutes: Sexual Offences Act 2003, Sexual Offences Act 1956, Sexual Offences Act 1956 as amended by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sexual Offences Act 1956 as amended by Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000, Sexual Offences Act 1956 as amended by the Sexual Offences Act 1967. 4 Some offences have been omitted as the vast majority of data will be against adults, and a minority will be against children. Source: Court proceedings database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice.