Crime: Rape

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for rape there were in each of the past five years in England and Wales; and what percentage of prosecutions for rape resulted in convictions.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for rape of a male and female, England and Wales 2004 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table. The table includes conviction rate figures which are based on the proportion of defendants proceeded against who were found guilty.

Court data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts, and found guilty at all courts for rapes(1) England and Wales 2004 to 2008 (3) (4) (5)
Year Proceeded against Found guilty Conviction rate (%)(2)
2004 2,453 644 26
2005 2,558 694 27
2006 2,335 754 32
2007 2,138 777 36
2008 2,181 822 38

(1) Includes: Rape of a female and male (excludes attempted rape).

(2) Proportion of defendants proceeded against who were found guilty.

(3) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(4) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

(5) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July, and August 2008.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.