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Sex Offences: Overseas

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens or residents have been (1) charged, and (2) convicted, of sexual offences against children in South and South-east Asia in the most recent four years, in either local or British courts.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not hold data on the number of people convicted or charged for these crimes. We can, however, provide data on the number of British nationals brought to our attention for having been arrested or detained for child sex offences overseas. The table below shows those cases which we were notified of in south and south-east Asia.

Financial Year Number of Arrest/Detention-Child Sex Cases Opened
08-09 13
09-10 14
10-11 10
11-12 8
Total 45

The Home Office is conducting a review of how details of UK nationals convicted and imprisoned overseas are captured and recorded on the UK police national computer. The FCO is contributing to this exercise. The FCO is also working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office on a pilot scheme to improve information sharing on serious notifiable offences we are made aware of.

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