§ Mrs. Golding
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions of child abuse cases have been sent directly to the Crown court since October 1992.
§ Mr. Maclean
I have been asked to reply.
The information readily available centrally relates to trials completed at the Crown court following the issue of a notice of transfer, under either section 53 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (certain cases involving children) or section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 (serious fraud cases). No cases were recorded in the period 1 October to 31 December 1992. Information for 1993 will be available in the autumn.