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Juveniles In Custody

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will give a breakdown by age of those juveniles in custody in prison and remand centres awaiting trial in England and Wales on 31st December 1974; and if he will indicate the numbers, by age and sex, at each institution;(2) how many of the 3,148 persons in custody in prison and remand centres in England and Wales, awaiting trial on 31st December 1974 were juveniles; and if he will break these figures down by sex and age.

I regret that a breakdown of the figures for 31st December is not available in the form requested. An analysis in mid-November showed that at that time there were 146 young persons aged 14–16 in prisons or remand centres in England and Wales awaiting trial. The following table shows where they were detained:—

Males
Remand Centres
Ashford5
Brockhill4
Cardiff3
Latchmere House37
Low Newton16
Risley24
Thorp Arch20
Winchester19
Local Prisons
Brixton1
Canterbury6
Leeds1
Leicester1
Lincoln1
Norwich1
Oxford1
Shrewsbury1
Total141
Females
Low Newton Remand Centre1
Risley Remand Centre1
Holloway Prison3
Total5