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Juvenile Offenders

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for the last three years, the number of juveniles (a) boys and (b) girls, who have been apprehended by the police and taken to a police station, but after inquiries, no criminal charges have been made and the juvenile has been released.

The only information available relates to the use of police cautioning as an alternative to court proceedings. The number of persons aged 10 and under 17 who received a formal police caution is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" —table 35(b) of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7670.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each of the last three years the number of juveniles (a) boys and (b) girls who have been charged with criminal offences and appeared in juvenile courts.

The number of males and females aged 10 and under 14 and aged 14 and under 17 proceeded against in juvenile courts—or a magistrates' court if a juvenile is charged jointly with an adult—is published annually in the "Criminal Statistics, England Wales" table 1(a) and 1(c) of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7670.