HC Deb 16 March 1979 vol 964 cc342-3W
Mr. Lee

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many male persons under the age of 24 years otherwise of good character have been convicted in England and Wales of the offence of unlawful sexual intercourse with girls between the ages of 15 and 16 years during the past five years; in how many cases custodial sentences were passed on such persons; and whether he remains satisfied with the operation of the law.

Mr. John

I regret that the information requested is not available. The law relating to sexual offences, including the available penalties, is under review by the Criminal Law Revision Committee in consultation with the Policy Advisory Committee on Sexual Offences. It would be premature to contemplate changes in the law before the committee has reported.