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Rape: Offences Against The Administration of Justice

Attorney-General written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Shadow Minister (Equalities Office)

To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010 Official Report, column 447W, to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North, on rape: offences against the administration of justice, if he will consider the merits of collecting data on the number of women prosecuted for (a) perverting the course of justice, (b) perjury and (c) wasting police time following the withdrawal of a complaint of rape or domestic violence.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The official crime statistics and the collection of data to support them is a matter for the Ministry of Justice. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) data systems are not capable of capturing such information.

However, in view of public interest in these offences and how they are prosecuted, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) commissioned a one-off survey of all 42 CPS areas to gain a snapshot of the number of prosecutions of complainants who had made allegations of rape, for perverting or attempting to pervert the course of public justice. The survey is informing the action the CPS is taking to address public concerns in this area.

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