HC Deb 03 April 2001 vol 366 c172W
32. Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what research she has carried out into gender imbalances in the judiciary and their implications for the conduct of cases of(a) rape and (b) other sexual offences. [155202]

Jane Kennedy

No research has been carried out in the terms mentioned. The Lord Chancellor has confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and therefore does not consider the gender of a judge to be relevant when judges are allocated to preside over particular types of cases, such as rape or other sexual offences.