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Criminal Cases Review Commission

Justice written question – answered on 3rd March 2009.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) complaints and (b) items of correspondence have been received by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in relation to historical sex abuse investigations in the UK in each year since 2001.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Government Equalities office) (also in the Ministry of Justice), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Since 2001, there has been one complaint made to the Commission in relation to a care home sexual abuse case. This complaint, made in 2001, was by an applicant who had applied unsuccessfully to the Commission for his case to be reviewed in 1999 and who was dissatisfied with the way in which the Commission determined his case. The complaint, which was not upheld, was investigated by the Commission's complaint manager in accordance with the Commission's formal complaints procedure.

Since 2001, the Commission has received 39 applications relating to cases of this nature. By year:

Number of applications
2001 8
2002 8
2003 7
2004 5
2005 5
2006 1
2007 5
2008 0
2009 to date 0

It has not been possible in the time available to calculate the exact figure, or identify the year in which a particular item of correspondence has been received. The Commission estimates that, since 2001, it has received 1,940 items of correspondence in relation to the 39 cases of this nature.

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