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Rape

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of rape have been reported (a) in England and Wales, (b) in East Sussex and (c) in Eastbourne in each of the last five years; and how many of these resulted in (i) a prosecution and (ii) a conviction. (287386)

Information is not available in the form requested as it is not possible to track individual offences through to their outcome at court. The available information relates to the number of offences of rape recorded by the police in the last five financial years. Prosecutions and convictions data are based on the number of offenders and have been provided by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. These data are published on a calendar year basis and are counts of persons classified by their principal offence. For these reasons the two datasets are not directly comparable.

Table 1 gives the number of offences of rape recorded by the police in England and Wales, Sussex and Eastbourne. Data for East Sussex are not available.

Table 2 provides data on the number of defendants proceeded against and convicted for all rape offences for England and Wales and Sussex. Data for East Sussex and Eastbourne are not available.

Table 1: Offences of rape recorded in England and Wales, Sussex and the Eastbourne Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area

Financial year

England and Wales

Sussex

Eastbourne

2004-05

14,013

458

52

2005-06

14,443

424

37

2006-07

13,774

440

37

2007-08

12,639

309

38

2008-09

13,133

370

37

Table 2: Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for rape and attempted rape offences, Sussex police force area and England and Wales, 2003 to 20071, 2

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Proceed against

Found guilty

Proceed against

Found guilty

Proceed against

Found guilty

Proceed against

Found guilty

Proceed against

Found guilty

Sussex police force area

41

18

54

13

65

12

58

13

43

26

England and Wales

2,790

673

2,689

751

2,826

796

2,567

863

2,363

873

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.