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Young Offenders

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many boys and girls under the age of 16 years were held on remand in prisons in 1979: and how this compares with the figures for each of the years since 1970.

[pursuant to his reply, 29 April 1980, c. 463]: The only information on receptions on remand of 14 and 15-year-olds which can be obtained without disproportionate cost is given in the table below. Information for 1979 is not yet available. Information on remands in custody of boys and girls aged from 14 to 16 inclusive is published annually in " Prison statistics, England and Wales" (tables 2·1 and 2·2 of the issue for 1978, Cmnd 7626).

RECEPTIONS OF BOYS AND GIRLS AGED 14 AND 15ON DEMAND IN CUSTODY IN PRISON DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHMENTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES: 1977 AND 1978
MalesFemalesTotal
19771,842761,918
19781,533891,622

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were subject to community service orders in 1979 and for each of the preceding five years; and what percentage was successfully completed in each case.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 May 1980, c. 637]: The number of persons aged 17 and under 21 years given a community service order is published annually in " Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" (tables 6·14, 1(d) and 5(d) of the volume for 1978 (Cmnd. 7670)). The percentages of community service orders terminated in 1978 by reason for termination and age at commencement of order are published in "Probation and After-Care Statistics, England and Wales" (table 27). Some of the orders terminated in 1978 will have commenced in 1978, and some in earlier years. Comparable information on community service orders terminated in earlier years is not available. Information for 1979 is not yet available.