§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a 24-hour helpline for victims of rape. 
§ Paul Goggins
[holding answer 30 June 2003]: The Home Office is considering ways in which further support can be provided to victims of sexual crime. A national helpline for victims of rape is one of the possibilities under consideration.
The Home Office will consider this and other possibilities with the Department of Health and other interested Government Departments. Our conclusions on how best to take these complex issues forward will be made known as soon as possible.