Transparency of the Parole Board and Victim Support - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:32 pm on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Blair of Boughton Lord Blair of Boughton Crossbench 3:32 pm, 9th January 2018

My Lords, I ask the Minister to take away from this short discussion the view of the House that the terms of reference for this inquiry need to be pretty wide. In 1985 I wrote a book called Investigating Rape: A New Approach for Police. Since then, more than 30 years have passed, and we have seen in these last few months really difficult rape cases failing in the courts. It seems to me that the Worboys case is a perfect example from which we could learn in a wider sense how to both support victims and provide the accused with a proper defence. At the moment, the investigation of rape and serious sexual offences is in a mess.