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House of Commons Hansard
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Offences Against Children: Internet
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of viewing online child abuse images have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in each of the last five years; what proportion of cases relating to the viewing of online child abuse images were not pursued by the CPS in the last five years; and for what reasons such cases were not pursued. [298911]

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The following table shows the number of offences of possessing an indecent photograph of a child, and of making an indecent photograph of a child, in which a prosecution commenced in each of the last five years. It is not possible to identify from CPS sources how many of these offences related to online images and how many to images in other media.

CPS records include no information on the outcome of proceedings at this level of detail, and it is therefore not possible to show either the number of proceedings discontinued or the reason for the decision to discontinue.

Offences charged and reaching a first hearing in magistrates courts

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Criminal Justice Act 1988 (160)

Possession of an indecent photograph of a child

2,742

3,185

2,768

3,079

4,241

Protection of Children Act 1978 (1(1)(a))

Making an indecent photograph of a child

11,434

12,573

10,607

10,832

13,454