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Missing Persons

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a table showing juveniles and vulnerable adults who were (a) recorded as missing from outside the Metropolitan police district, including overseas, and (b) who were traced or identified, broken down under each heading by age and sex, for each of the last ten available years; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 16 May 1985, c. 172]: I understand from the Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis that the available information from the missing persons bureau of the Metropolitan police is as given in the following tables. Comprehensive statistics on missing persons are not collected centrally. The procedures for the recording of persons who were missing for a short period only were improved in 1984 and this may have increased the numbers recorded by the missing persons bureau.

Table 2

Juveniles and vulnerable adults, ‡ recorded as missing from outside the Metropolitan police district including overseas' and traced or identified

United Kingdom other than MPD, and overseas

Number of persons

*

Year

Male

Female

Total

Under 14

14–17

18+

Total

Under 14

14–17

18+

Total

1975138017526810173134317585
1976115419726210135122267529
197775180260515322832125271,042
19783010826540322257225504907
19791912625439911219204434833
1980191082133403151157311651
1981221302373895140167312701
198225952563766124114244620
19831413627342315153193361784
1984║3613417434431147120298642

* The same person may be reported missing more than once.

†These figures are not comprehensive because other forces are not required to report to the Missing Persons Bureau cases of missing juveniles and do not report to the bureau cases relating to non-vulnerable adults.
‡"Vulnerable adults" include the elderly, the sick and those whose manner of disappearance gave cause for special concern.
║The figures for 1984 may have been increased by improved procedures for recording those missing for only a short period.