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Crime: False Accusations

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

By what means arrangements for extending the right of Appeal Court judges to remove anonymity from false accusers could be introduced, whether by primary legislation, secondary legislation or Order in Council. [HL1218]

The rules governing complainant anonymity are set out in statute—namely, the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 as amended—and primary legislation would be required to amend them. As my noble and learned friend the Attorney-General indicated on 9 January, we are considering actively whether any amendment of the law is appropriate to take account of the remarks of the Court of Appeal in the Blackwell case.