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Crime: Rape

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 23 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will introduce legislation to enable publication of information on whether compensation was paid or not paid under the criminal injuries compensation scheme in rape cases without identifying the name of the accuser and only identifying the name of the convicted; and [HL1255]

How many awards have been made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to the accusers in the Leslie Warren and Warren Blackwell cases separately. [HL1256]

Legislation is unnecessary. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) already has discretion to disclose information about awards made for injuries inflicted by the same offender, provided that the authority is satisfied that any disclosure is unlikely to enable a particular victim, or the award made to a particular victim, to be identified. For example, CICA has disclosed more general information about awards made to victims of the late Harold Shipman and to victims of the 7/7 London bombings. It follows that CICA cannot release information relating to the second Question, including whether any applications for criminal injuries compensation have in fact been made in the Leslie Warren and Warren Blackwell cases.