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Rape: Criminal Proceedings

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd March 2020.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps with the Home Secretary to include a joint inspection of the CPS and police in the Government's review of the criminal justice system handling of rape cases.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences being charged and prosecuted in England and Wales is a cause for concern. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure these appalling crimes are tackled effectively and victims are supported.

A joint inspection between HMCPSI and HMICFRS into the handling of rape cases by the Police and CPS is currently being planned.

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