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Rape: Prosecutions

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms the Rape Performance Group will use to monitor local performance in relation to rape prosecutions. (194278)

The Rape Performance Group uses a range of indicators spanning the criminal justice process. These are:

The rate of recorded rape offences per 1,000 of the population (a low rate of offences per 1,000 in a force may indicate a low level of reporting);

The proportion of offences that are categorised as ‘no crime’;

The proportion of recorded offences that result in a sanction detection;

The proportion of charged cases that are subsequently discontinued by the CPS; and

The proportion of cases going to trial that result in a conviction.

Its focus is on the system as a whole, with an assumption of shared police and CPS responsibility for the delivery of outcomes. Where the data suggests that the performance of a particular area differs significantly from the national and peer-group averages, the Rape Performance Group will raise this with the relevant chief constable and chief Crown prosecutor to seek further information on the approach to the investigation and prosecution of rape in that area and to offer support, where appropriate, in addressing any performance issues. These performance monitoring arrangements are complemented by the support functions of the joint ACPO/Home Office operational support team and CPS Rape Prosecutions Delivery Unit.