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Crime: False Accusations

Volume 688: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many of the 32 cases since 1997 referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission turned on false allegations made by accusers. [HL1219]

I understand that of the 32 cases referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission involving convictions for rape or attempted rape, among the reasons for referral doubts as to the reliability of the evidence of the alleged victim featured in 22 of those references.