Private Prosecutions

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th October 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford 12:00 am, 9th October 2018

How many private prosecutions initiated by third parties (a) were brought to trial and (b) resulted in a conviction in the last five years.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the fact that prosecutions can be brought by private bodies as well public bodies. The Ministry of Justice data does not currently identify whether a prosecution is public or private.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

Like me, the Minister will have heard reports of police allowing perpetrators of domestic violence and especially of FGM to escape justice by a reluctance to prosecute. Will the Minister please inform the House what is being done to ensure that we do not simply push responsibility to prosecute on to already traumatised victims?

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We must of course prosecute those who are alleged to have committed the terrible crimes that my hon. Friend talks about. We have strengthened the law. Failing to protect a girl from FGM is now an offence, and we have introduced an element of coercive control in domestic violence. We in the Ministry of Justice continue to work closely with the Home Office and the Attorney General, who is responsible for the Criminal Prosecution Service, to ensure that crimes are prosecuted.