Solicitor-General written question – answered on 7th February 2008.

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Photo of Lynda Waltho Lynda Waltho PPS (Rt Hon David Hanson, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Government are taking to improve investigations and prosecutions of cases involving rape.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

Following the consultation, "Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims—Justice for Victims of Rape", the Government propose to allow all victims of rape to rely on their visually-recorded evidence in court, and to look at how general psychological expert evidence could be presented at trial. The Government also propose to legislate to ensure that all complaints of rape made by victims to third parties are admissible as evidence. A cross-government Rape Performance Group monitors the performance of police forces and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) areas in rape cases, intervening to provide guidance where appropriate and reporting to an Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Sexual Offending.

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