HC Deb 10 March 1982 vol 19 c417W
Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for rape there were in each of the last five years in total in each of the European Economic Community countries for which statistics are available; and if he will express these figures as percentages of the populaton of each country.

Mr. Mayhew

The information requested for other countries of the European Community could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The number of persons found guilty of rape in England and Wales is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales"—table S4.1(A) of Volume 4 of the Supplementary Tables 1980 and table 10(a) in the Command Paper for earlier years. The figures include some offences other than under section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, including offences of aiding and abetting and attempts. The percentages requested are given in the following table; information for 1981 is not yet available.

Persons found guilty whose principal offence was rape as a percentage of the total population
England and Wales Percentages
Year Percentage
1976 0.00067
1977 0.00064
1978 0.00065
1979 0.00077
1980 0.00088

Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those persons convicted of rape in the last 12 months who have committed rape on more than 11 occasions; and if he will list the sentences passed in each case when they were last convicted.

Mr. Mayhew

The only relevant information which can be provided without incurring disproportionate cost is from a small statistical study of 175 persons convicted in England and Wales in 1972 of a substantive offence of rape. Our records indicate that none of these persons had committed rape on more than 11 previous occasions.