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Crime: Rape

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 21 March (WA 195), on what basis an accurate assessment of the scale of false allegations in rape cases can be made in the absence of statistics being gathered by the police on the incidence of rape accusations being withdrawn following admission of false allegations. [HL3244]

There are several recent research studies which provide us with a reasonable assessment of the scale of false allegations in rape cases, including Home Office Research Study 293 A Gap or a Chasm? Attrition in reported rape cases (2005) and Without Consent (2007), the report of an inspection into the investigation and prosecution of rape cases. Forthcoming Home Office research will also include an assessment of the number of false allegations in rape cases. These studies are based on analysis of rape case files.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Kelly, Lovett and Regan recommendation that accounting rules for rape and sexual violence should be renewed and reclassified is being acted upon. [HL3245]

Under Home Office counting rules, an allegation should be designated a “no crime” where the police have verifiable information that no crime was committed. Allegations designated as “no crimes” are not included in the published recorded crime figures and there are no plans to revisit the counting rules in this respect.