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Young Detainees

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on the number of children and young people originating in Wales detained under section 53 sentences and kept in prison departments.

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Elfyn Llwyd, dated July 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me to write to you directly in reply to your Parliamentary Question about the number of children and young people originating in Wales detained under Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and kept in prison establishments.

The available information is for those detained under section 53 after sentencing by courts in Wales. The latest information is for 31 May 1993. On that date, there were 7 detainees aged between 15 and 17 and 4 detainees aged between 18 and 20 who were recorded as having received Section 53 sentences from courts in Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children and young people were detained under section 53 sentences in Wales in each of the last five years.

The available information is for those received into Prison Service establishments after sentences under Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 from courts in Wales during the years 1989 to 1991. Figures for 1992 are not yet available. The details for those recorded as being received from Welsh courts are given in the table for the age bands 14 to 16 and 17 to 20. These figures do not cover those received into local authority care.

Age at reception
Year14–1617–20Total
1989516
1990415
1991213

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles and young adults from Wales were remanded in custody in (a) 1979, (b) 1984, (c) 1989 and (d) 1990.

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Elfyn Llwyd, dated July 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me to write to you directly in reply to your Parliamentary Question about remands in custody of juveniles and young adults from Wales in (a) 1979, (b) 1984, (c) 1989 and (d) 1990.

The available information is for prison receptions of remands into custody from courts in Wales during the years 1989 and 1990. This is given in the attached table, with separate figures for first reception as untried and first reception as convicted unsentenced for each of the age bands 14 to 16 and 17 to 20.

Prison receptions of remands into custody from courts in Wales

First reception

Total remands

Untried

Convicted Unsentenced

Age 14 to 16

198963568
199060868

Age 17 to 20

198975589844
19908931431,036