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Crime: Rape

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for rape there were in each of the past five years in England and Wales; and what percentage of prosecutions for rape resulted in convictions. [HL3149]

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for rape of a male and female, England and Wales 2004 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table. The table includes conviction rate figures which are based on the proportion of defendants proceeded against who were found guilty.

Court data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts, and found guilty at all courts for rapes(1) England and Wales 2004 to 2008 (3) (4) (5)

Year

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Conviction rate (%)(2)

2004

2,453

644

26

2005

2,558

694

27

2006

2,335

754

32

2007

2,138

777

36

2008

2,181

822

38

(1) Includes: Rape of a female and male (excludes attempted rape).

(2) Proportion of defendants proceeded against who were found guilty.

(3) The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 it 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.

(4) 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.

(5) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July, and August 2008.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government in how many prosecutions for rape in the past five years the defence of consent was raised. [HL3150]

Rape prosecutions are a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service. However, this information is not collated centrally as no central record is maintained of defences in these cases.