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Committee questions Director of Public Prosecutions and Minister for Safeguarding in rape prosecutions inquiry

13 December 2021

The Home Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into the investigation and prosecution of rape when it holds evidence sessions with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Max Hill, and Minister for Safeguarding, Rachel Maclean MP.

Witness

Monday 13 December

At 4.30pm

  • Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service

Witness

Wednesday 15 December

At 10.00am

  • Rachel Maclean MP, Minister for Safeguarding, Home Office

Purpose of the sessions

At present, only 1.5% of recorded rapes result in a criminal charge. Since 2016, the number of prosecutions for rape has fallen by 59% and convictions by 47%. There has also been a sharp increase in the number of victims dropping out of prosecutions during the lengthy investigation and trial process, from 25% in 2015 to 43% in 2020.

On Monday, the Committee will question Max Hill about the low prosecution rates for rape and the Crown Prosecution Service’s view on the causes for this. It will also examine the impact of strategies the CPS have put in place including RASSO 2025 and the Police-CPS Joint National Action Plan.

On Wednesday, the Committee will question the Minister for Safeguarding on the end-to-end Rape Review, the Government’s action plan to return prosecution rates to 2016 levels. The session will examine if the strategy is ambitious enough to drive meaningful change and if it is adaptable to react to new data. It will also investigate the Government’s position on police-led innovations, including RASSO units, and look at what more can be done to improve the response of the criminal justice system.

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