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star this property date less than 2016-06-06more like thismore than 2016-06-06
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Abortion more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what his policy is on the prosecution of women who seek a medical abortion under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 39290 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-09more like thismore than 2016-06-09
star this property answer text <p>Offences of using poison or instruments to cause miscarriage and supplying or procuring poison or instruments to cause miscarriage (sections 58 and 59 Offences Against the Persons Act 1861) are usually investigated by the police and, in England and Wales, prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).</p><p>The CPS will only bring or continue with a prosecution where both stages of the test set down in the Code for Crown Prosecutors are met, i.e. that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and, if so, that a prosecution is required in the public interest.</p><p>In England and Wales, section 1 of the Abortion Act 1967 provides a defence to a prosecution under sections 58 or 59 where a pregnancy is terminated by a registered medical practitioner in accordance with the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2016-06-09T11:12:28.187Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-09T11:12:28.187Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Diana Johnson remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-14more like thismore than 2016-09-14
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Abortion: Prosecutions more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions, and on what dates, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to prosecute medical professionals for abortion-related offences since 1997-98. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 46456 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-10more like thismore than 2016-10-10
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not hold offences data prior to 2004-2005. Between the years 2004-2005 and 2015-2016, the CPS commenced prosecutions of 71 abortion related offences. However, it is not possible to disaggregate the data to report the occupation of the defendant, whether a medical professional or otherwise. This information could only be obtained by examining each of the CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2016-10-10T13:31:34.7Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-10T13:31:34.7Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Diana Johnson remove filter
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star this property date less than 2016-10-14more like thismore than 2016-10-14
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Human Trafficking more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions since the passage of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 have adult victims (a) applied for and (b) been granted the statutory defence for crimes they were compelled to commit while being enslaved or trafficked. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 48731 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-24more like thismore than 2016-10-24
star this property answer text <p>CPS do not have a central record of cases where the statutory defence has been applied, as it could arise in any category of offences.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2016-10-24T13:31:35.063Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-24T13:31:35.063Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Diana Johnson remove filter
756356
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star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Rape: Sentencing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many times (a) the CPS or (b) victims have requested that he reconsider court sentences for rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 on the grounds of undue leniency since 2009-10; on how many occasions he referred those cases to the Court of Appeal in each of those years; and on how many occasions the Court of Appeal decided (i) that the sentence was unduly lenient and (ii) to increase the sentence in each year in that period. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 8450 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-13more like thismore than 2017-09-13
star this property answer text <p>The records that the Attorney General’s Office holds reveal the following data in relation to rape offences.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Please note that these figures include referrals for sentences passed for rape offences charged under the 1956 Sexual Offences Act (for offences committed prior to the commencement of the 2003 Act but which were not sentenced until 2009 or afterwards) as well as for rape offences charged under the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. It is of course likely that a high proportion of the referrals received by my office from the CPS will have been submitted with the full support of the victim.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Year</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Referrals to AGO made by Victim </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Referrals to AGO made by CPS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Referred by AG or SG to CoA</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Considered ULS by the court</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Referrals where sentence increased</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2009</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>0</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>9</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>6</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>0</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>18</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>8</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>6</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>0</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>7</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>4</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>21</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>11</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>5</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>10</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>10</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>15</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>12 (1 of which was subsequently withdrawn)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>11</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2016</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>23</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>21 (1 of which was subsequently withdrawn</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>17</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>5</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>9 (of which 2 await determination)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>7</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table>
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2017-09-13T14:57:25.95Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-13T14:57:25.95Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Diana Johnson remove filter
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star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Rape: Prosecutions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, (a) how many specialist rape prosecutors were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in each of the 42 CPS areas and (b) how much was spent on those prosecutors in each year since 2009-10. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 8431 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-12more like thismore than 2017-09-12
star this property answer text <p>The CPS currently operates across 14 geographical areas in England and Wales. Dedicated rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) units were not introduced across the geographical areas until 2014. It is not possible for the CPS to provide reliable statistics with respect to prosecutor numbers working within these specialist units prior to 2015. Its records do show the number of prosecutors employed by the CPS in specialist RASSO units as at July 2015, June 2016 and May 2017.</p><p>Number of Prosecutors working in specialist RASSO units:</p><p>July 2015: 138</p><p>June 2016: 185</p><p>May 2017: 197</p><p>The CPS financial records have only recently split RASSO units into separate cost centres so it is not possible to provide the exact historical spend on RASSO prosecutors for each year. The headcount figures can be translated into an equivalent annual spend based on the average total payroll cost[1] of employing Senior Crown Prosecutors in each year. In 2015 the approximate cost of employing RASSO prosecutors was £9.3 million. In 2016 the approximate cost was £12.8 million and in 2017 it is estimated that the cost will be £13.8 million.</p><p>[1] Total payroll costs are inclusive of Employers National Insurance and Pension costs</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2017-09-12T08:00:20.443Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-12T08:00:20.443Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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star this property hansard heading Rape: Prosecutions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many times (a) victims have withdrawn support for a prosecution of an alleged rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 case and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to continue with the prosecution of an alleged rape following the withdrawal of such support in each year since 2009-10. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 8428 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-18more like thismore than 2017-09-18
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of victims who have withdrawn support for a prosecution or the number of cases the CPS has then subsequently decided not to proceed with. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p>However, while the CPS does not collect data on the number of victims who withdraw support for the prosecution, or cases which do not proceed following the withdrawal of such support, information is available to show the overall number of pre-charge decisions where a decision not to prosecute was made and unsuccessful prosecution outcomes that were flagged as rape. These outcomes can be disaggregated to show the volume and proportion that were due to victim issues, including retraction, where it was inappropriate to compel the victim, non-attendance at trial or where the evidence given did not come up to proof.</p><p>The CPS monitoring of cases involving offences of rape involves the application of a rape ‘flag’ to applicable cases that are recorded on the CPS’ electronic Case Management System (CMS). The CPS definition of rape covers any case where the following offences were considered pre-charge or were subsequently charged:</p><ul><li>Rape: Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956</li><li>Sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13: Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956</li><li>Rape: Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003</li><li>Rape of a child under 13: Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003</li><li>Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice: Section 30(3) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003</li><li>An attempt to commit any of the above offences under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981</li><li>Incitement or conspiracy to commit any of the above offences.</li></ul><p>The table below shows the volume and proportion of decisions not to prosecute due to victim issues in cases flagged as rape during each of the last seven available years.</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Victim Issues</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>No Prosecution</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Charged</strong></p></td><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2009-2010</strong></p></td><td><p>291</p></td><td><p>3.8%</p></td><td><p>4,165</p></td><td><p>54.2%</p></td><td><p>3,232</p></td><td><p>42.1%</p></td><td><p><strong>7,683</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010-2011</strong></p></td><td><p>299</p></td><td><p>3.7%</p></td><td><p>4,339</p></td><td><p>53.4%</p></td><td><p>3,387</p></td><td><p>41.7%</p></td><td><p><strong>8,130</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011-2012</strong></p></td><td><p>190</p></td><td><p>2.8%</p></td><td><p>3,281</p></td><td><p>48.1%</p></td><td><p>3,213</p></td><td><p>47.1%</p></td><td><p><strong>6,822</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012-2013</strong></p></td><td><p>113</p></td><td><p>2.1%</p></td><td><p>2,195</p></td><td><p>40.6%</p></td><td><p>2,889</p></td><td><p>53.5%</p></td><td><p><strong>5,404</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2.7%</p></td><td><p>1,857</p></td><td><p>31.7%</p></td><td><p>3,621</p></td><td><p>61.9%</p></td><td><p><strong>5,850</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p>189</p></td><td><p>3.1%</p></td><td><p>1,997</p></td><td><p>32.4%</p></td><td><p>3,648</p></td><td><p>59.2%</p></td><td><p><strong>6,159</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p>181</p></td><td><p>2.6%</p></td><td><p>2,271</p></td><td><p>33.1%</p></td><td><p>3,910</p></td><td><p>57.0%</p></td><td><p><strong>6,855</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Victim issues include cases where the victim is called as a witness in a trial, but fails to attend court; where the evidence of the victim supports the prosecution case but the victim refuses to be called as a witness, or retracts, or withdraws a complaint; and where the evidence of the victim does not support the prosecution of the defendant, leading to an unsuccessful outcome, but the victim however, has not retracted.</p><p>The CPS will shortly be publishing its annual Violence Against Women and Girls Report for 2016-17 which will provide the most up to date assessment of rape flagged prosecutions including the key reasons for unsuccessful prosecutions.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2017-09-18T11:58:25.22Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-18T11:58:25.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Diana Johnson remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Rape: Remand in Custody more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many applications were made to extend custody time limits (CTLs) in cases of alleged rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 where the defendant was remanded in custody in each year since 2009-10; and on how many occasions the Chief Crown Prosecutor was informed of a failure by the criminal justice system to adhere to CTLs in each of those years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 8451 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-19more like thismore than 2017-09-19
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not collect data on the number of applications made to the courts to extend custody time limits in cases in which rape is alleged. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p>To assist in the effective management of its prosecution functions the CPS maintains Custody Time Limit Failure Log. Data from that log showing the number of failures in rape cases in each year since 2011/12 for which the CPS was primarily responsible, and as a percentage of the total number of prosecutions in the year, is contained in the table below. In one of the CTLs listed, no application was made to extend. In the remainder, an application was made but refused by the court.</p><p>Earlier data are not available without incurring disproportionate cost. Data for the years 2009/10 and 2010/11 are not available.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2011-2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012-2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Prosecutions </strong></p></td><td><p>3,864</p></td><td><p>3,692</p></td><td><p>3,891</p></td><td><p>4,536</p></td><td><p>4,643</p></td><td><p>5,190</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>CTL failures</strong></p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p>0.05%</p></td><td><p>0.05%</p></td><td><p>0.00%</p></td><td><p>0.07%</p></td><td><p>0.02%</p></td><td><p>0.04%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>This data includes prosecution for rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Sexual Offences Act 1956 where the allegation occurred whilst that legislation was in force.</p><p>The Crown Prosecution Service does not collect data on the number of alleged rape cases in which the criminal justice system failed to adhere to custody time limits. There will be cases in which a custody time limit is not extended for reasons that do not involve any criticism of the CPS.</p><p>The Crown Prosecution Service monitors every case prosecuted by the CPS which is the subject of a custody time limit to ensure compliance with the regime.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2017-09-19T12:22:44.677Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-19T12:22:44.677Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Rape: Prosecutions more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many complaints the Crown Prosecution Service received on the handling of allegations of rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each year since 2004-05. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 8429 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-19more like thismore than 2017-09-19
star this property answer text <p><strong>ANSWER:</strong><strong> ATTORNEY GENERAL</strong>: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of complaints received about the handling of allegations of rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p>It does however hold data about the Victim’s Right to Review (VRR) scheme. A VRR arises where the CPS finalises a case with a decision that qualifies under the scheme. Qualifying decisions are where the CPS:</p><p>(i) makes the decision not to bring proceedings (i.e. at the pre-charge stage); or</p><p>(ii) decides to discontinue (or withdraw in the Magistrates’ Court) all charges</p><p>involving the victim, thereby entirely ending all proceedings relating to them;</p><p>(iii) offers no evidence in all proceedings relating to the victim; or</p><p>(iv) decides to leave all charges in the proceedings to “lie on file”.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS launched the scheme in June 2013.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the number of VRR appeals received by the CPS, where the principal offence was identified as a sexual offence, since the Scheme began.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>June 2013 - March 2014</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>2016/17</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total VRR Appeals Received</p></td><td><p>143</p></td><td><p>239</p></td><td><p>373</p></td><td><p>453</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Number of Sexual Offence VRR Appeals Upheld</p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>37</p></td><td><p>53</p></td><td><p>24</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>% of Sexual Offences Appeals Upheld</p></td><td><p>18.9%</p></td><td><p>15.5%</p></td><td><p>14.2%</p></td><td><p>5.3%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
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star this property hansard heading Rape: Prosecutions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many cases of alleged rape under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by police in each year since 2009-10; on how many occasions the CPS pressed charges for those cases in each of those years; and what the (a) average, (b) shortest and (c) longest period of time between referral and charging was for cases which (i) did and (ii) did not lead to CPS charges in each of those years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The table below shows the volume and proportion of charged suspects in cases flagged as rape during each of the last seven available years.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Volume</p></td><td><p>%</p></td><td><p><strong> Total no of cases referred </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2009 - 10</strong></p></td><td><p>3,232</p></td><td><p>42.1%</p></td><td><p><strong>7,683</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010 - 11</strong></p></td><td><p>3,387</p></td><td><p>41.7%</p></td><td><p><strong>8,130</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011 - 12</strong></p></td><td><p>3,213</p></td><td><p>47.1%</p></td><td><p><strong>6,822</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012 - 13</strong></p></td><td><p>2,889</p></td><td><p>53.5%</p></td><td><p><strong>5,404</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013 - 14</strong></p></td><td><p>3,621</p></td><td><p>61.9%</p></td><td><p><strong>5,850</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014 - 15</strong></p></td><td><p>3,648</p></td><td><p>59.2%</p></td><td><p><strong>6,159</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015 - 16</strong></p></td><td><p>3,910</p></td><td><p>57.0%</p></td><td><p><strong>6,855</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3"><p>(Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System)</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The CPS monitoring of cases involving offences of rape involves the application of a rape ‘flag’ to applicable cases that are recorded on the CPS’ electronic Case Management System (CMS). The CPS definition of rape covers any case where the following offences were considered pre-charge or were subsequently charged:</p><ul><li>Rape: Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956</li><li>Sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13: Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956</li><li>Rape: Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003</li><li>Rape of a child under 13: Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003</li><li>Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice: Section 30(3) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003</li><li>An attempt to commit any of the above offences under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981</li><li>Incitement or conspiracy to commit any of the above offences.</li></ul><p>No separate record of the shortest or longest time from the initial request from the police to the decision to charge is maintained on the CMS, nor is any record collated showing the average number of days taken when the outcome of the charging decision is not to prosecute or any other outcome.</p><p>Rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) investigations can be highly complex in nature and typically involve the review of a large quantity of evidence. In the vast majority of cases suspects are on police bail prior to a charging decision being made by the CPS and where the police seek a charging decision in such circumstances the CPS cannot authorise charges until the Full Code Test set out in the Code is met. The timeliness of a charging decision is determined by two key factors: how quickly the police can complete the necessary enquiries; and how quickly the CPS can then review the evidence provided by the police and finalise the charging decision.</p><p>The CPS recognises the distress caused to both complainants and defendants by delays in the charging process and we are committed to improving the timeliness of charging decisions. One of the most significant steps that the CPS has taken in this regard has been to substantially increase the resourcing allocated to the specialist RASSO units around the country which prosecute these cases. Between July 2015 and May 2017 the number of RASSO prosecutors available to make charging decisions rose from 138 to 197. This increased resourcing has contributed to an improvement in the timeliness of charging decisions. The number of RASSO cases awaiting CPS charging advice for between 28 days and 3 months fell by over 46% between March 2016 and March 2017 from 489 to 263 cases. Latest provisional data for July indicates the numbers have fallen still further to less than 130.</p><p>The CPS is committed to achieving further improvements in timeliness and in May 2017 the RASSO Service Standards were launched. These Standards set out best practice for the management of pre-charge RASSO bail cases between CPS areas and their local police partners. The Standards provide a commitment on the part of the CPS to provide a review of a case within 28 days of submission from the police and sets out an escalation procedure for police colleagues to follow when this target is not met. The Standards also require CPS staff to be actively involved in securing updates from investigating officers where there are significant delays in the police investigation of RASSO cases.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many charges the Crown Prosecution Service has brought against people under section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 for alleged controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship in each year since that section of that Act came into force. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not collect data on defendants prosecuted by specific offence. However, the table below shows the number of offences recorded in the magistrates' courts for the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour since its implementation on 29 December 2015. This figure relates to the number of offences and not the number of individual defendants.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>5</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>309</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
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