Rape and Domestic Violence (Conviction Rates)

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General 9:30 am, 2nd July 2015

I welcome my hon. Friend to her place. She is absolutely right that there is variance in the statistics, but it is worth noting that there is a difference between what used to happen to bring about those unsuccessful outcomes and what happens now. A large proportion of unsuccessful outcomes in these cases are the result of jury acquittals. The proportion that results from victim issues or discontinued cases is going down. It is important that we do what we can to help juries reach the right conclusion in each case. She will know that I have visited her constituency in the past, as have many hon. Friends. We rather hoped that she would be in a position to ask questions in this House as a result, and I am glad that she is. I will be happy to visit again.