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Secure Accommodation

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on provisions under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 which give powers to the courts to detain under 16-year-olds in secure accommodation and the use to which these powers have been put in the past 15 years.

The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 allows the Crown court, inter alia, to order that 10 to 13-year-olds who have been convicted of murder or manslaughter and 14 to 15-year-olds who have been convicted of murder or manslaughter or other grave

Summary of 10–15 year olds sentenced under Section 53, 1979–91—England and Wales
Year1979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991
Offence
Murder1111320221001
Attempted murder1111000000001
Manslaughter1111213311203
Wounding or other act endangering life1111741187726
Endangering railway passengers1111000000002
Other wounding etc.1111001111100
Total—violence against the person212101212757121010213
Sexual offences157426386811106
Burglary354201129711684
Robbery55121511922222631151722
Theft and handling stolen goods0000000100100
Criminal damage (Arson)2627761149109106
Drug offences0000000000000
Other indictable non-motoring offences0000001000010
Total13333539322954516070524851
1 A breakdown of the total number of offences of violence against the person is not known for these years.

Note: Comparisons with prison receptions suggest there may have been under recording during 1989 and 1990, although this is less likely in 1990.