Rape: Defendants Anonymity

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 17th June 2010.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the implications for women of proposals to extend anonymity to defendants in rape cases.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment her Department has made of the implications for women of proposals to extend anonymity to defendants in rape cases.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Government Equalities Office)

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have, with the whole House, made clear the desire to increase the number of successful rape prosecutions and send more rapists to jail, as well as provide the best possible support to victims of this appalling crime. The Government regard rape as a very serious crime which should be prosecuted in all cases where sufficient evidence exists.

We will bring proposals to Parliament when all the options have been carefully considered. Our consideration of the options will include an equality impact assessment.

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