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Sexual Offences

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of serious sexual assault in each region in each of the last two years. (305244)

Information showing the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for serious sexual offences by Government office region, 2006 and 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates; courts and found guilty at all courts by Government office region for serious sexual crimes1, England and Wales 2006 and 20072,3

2006

2007

Region

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

North East

459

254

432

232

North West

1,156

610

1,201

625

Yorkshire and the Humber

645

420

638

440

East Midlands

605

336

547

370

West Midlands

901

455

776

439

East of England

599

341

466

339

London

1,387

508

1,314

547

South East

900

469

915

497

South West

509

299

520

302

Wales

420

194

407

188

England and Wales

7,581

3,886

7,216

3,979

1 Offences include:

Sexual assault on a male

Rape or attempted rape of a male and female

Sexual assault on a female

Sexual activity with child under 13

Sexual activity with child under 16

Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder

Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography

Trafficking for sexual exploitation

Gross indecency with children

2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

3 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.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of (i) assault and (ii) sexual assault on teachers in each region in each of the last two years. (305246)

The Court Proceedings Database held by the Ministry of Justice contains information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales on a persons basis. These data include information on the age of the defendant, their gender, the police force area and court where proceedings took place as well as the specific offence and statute for the offence. Other than where specified in a statute statistical information held does not identify the employment status of a victim of an offence.