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Emily Thornberry (Shadow Attorney General; Islington South and Finsbury, Labour)

To ask the Attorney-General how many rape-flagged cases were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision in each police force area in each of the last five years.

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Oliver Heald (The Solicitor-General; North East Hertfordshire, Conservative)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the numbers of cases flagged as rape in its Case Management System and associated Management Information System.

The CPS defines rape as any offence from the following list:

Section 1 Sexual Offences Act 1956;

Section 5 Sexual Offences Act 1956;

Section 1 Sexual Offences Act 2003;

Section 5 Sexual Offences Act 2003;

Section 30(3) Sexual Offences Act 2003;

An attempt to commit any of the above offences under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981;

Incitement or conspiracy to commit any of the above offences.

It is not possible to disaggregate figures to show separately the volume and outcome of proceedings for each individual offence on this list. A single defendant may be charged with more than one offence. The data is accurate only to the extent that the flag has been correctly applied.

The following table shows, in each of the last five years for each police force area, the number of rape flagged cases referred to the CPS for a pre-charge decision:

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Avon and Somerset 139 150 161 200 173
Bedfordshire 73 95 62 34 40
Cambridgeshire 74 58 95 61 72
Cheshire 115 103 126 174 156
Cleveland 72 100 115 91 95
Cumbria 44 77 82 68 31
Derbyshire 167 194 192 197 111
Devon and Cornwall 98 119 95 98 97
Dorset 66 59 50 40 48
Durham 116 147 139 114 70
Dyfed Powys 30 64 80 71 54
Essex 123 144 200 189 139
Gloucestershire 122 98 59 51 32
Greater Manchester 437 556 552 452 385
Gwent 111 133 93 105 71
Hampshire and IOW 259 254 361 268 163
Hertfordshire 48 48 69 51 54
Humberside 114 109 149 107 68
Kent 145 173 154 147 187
Lancashire 190 185 226 232 207
Leicestershire 83 73 81 76 60
Lincolnshire 51 47 46 49 28
London 993 1,256 1,481 1,122 844
Merseyside 173 251 316 255 186
Norfolk 82 105 126 101 50
Northamptonshire 67 95 114 98 87
Northumbria 170 174 151 140 128
North Wales 120 109 149 117 142
North Yorkshire 125 92 99 62 53
Nottinghamshire 130 127 95 84 75
South Wales 254 274 283 204 210
South Yorkshire 121 148 149 115 71
Staffordshire 167 174 180 124 93
Suffolk 111 96 89 71 58
Surrey 73 134 134 79 64
Sussex 148 220 205 174 127
Thames Valley 203 276 333 300 183
Warwickshire 34 35 43 19 5
West Mercia 201 225 212 151 84
West Midlands 454 530 434 435 342
West Yorkshire 236 305 286 227 176
Wiltshire 58 71 64 69 85
England and Wales 6,597 7,683 8,130 6,822 5,404

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