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Rape: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

To ask the Attorney General, how the additional £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service will be spent; and if he will take steps to make an assessment of the effect of that additional funding on the number of prosecutions taken forward for the offence of rape.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General


additional £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be spent

over two financial years; £5 million in 2019-20 and £80 million in 2020-21. This

investment will enable the CPS to respond effectively to the expected increase

in caseload resulting from the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers; to

better meet their disclosure obligations; to work with investigators to pursue

all reasonable lines of inquiry; and to deliver much needed changes to external

counsel fees. Investing in the CPS to meet these pressures is essential for

justice to be served.


additional resources for disclosure will support the development of stronger

cases, including rape offences.

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