asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of care proceedings involving the offence condition there were in 1971, 1976 and 1977; and what proportion of all care proceedings these represent.
In 1976, the number of persons aged 10 and under 17 years involved in care proceedings in England and Wales under Section 1(2)(f) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969 was 25, or 0·7 per cent. of all persons aged 10 and under 17 years involved in care proceedings. In 1971 the corresponding number was 81; the percentage is not available. Figures for 1977 are not yet available.