HC Deb 06 July 1977 vol 934 c556W
Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions have been recorded for soliciting by women and for importuning by men, respectively; and if he will consider amending legislation so that prosecution for soliciting or importuning must be corroborated by the complainant and not just by the usual plain clothes police officers.

Mr. John

In 1975 in England and Wales 3,289 females were found guilty of offences against Section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959 and 614 males of offences against Section 32 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. I do not consider it appropriate that there should be a requirement that the complainant should give evidence in such cases.

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