§ 12. Mr. Patnick
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average clear-up rate recorded by the police for sexual offences in 1987 and 1988.
§ Mr. John Patten
In 1987 the average clear up rate for sexual offences was 75 per cent. compared with 71 per cent. in 1986. The figure for 1988 is not yet available. The police give a high priority to the detection and apprehension of sexual offenders.