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Sexual Offences: Conviction Rates

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 25th February 2016.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central 9:30 am, 25th February 2016

I thank the Solicitor General for his admirably brief reply. He will know that despite claims of the highest number of convictions ever, convictions for rape, domestic abuse and other sexual offences have fallen. I work closely with Sheffield Rape Crisis, which tells me that there is a real postcode lottery in terms of support for victims, and if victims are not supported they are less likely to come forward. What discussions has the Solicitor General had with the Home Secretary to ensure adequate funding for sexual violence advisers?