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Youth Justice

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 17 year olds have been (a) questioned, (b) arrested and (c) charged in the past 12 months. [101728]

The available information relates to 17 year olds proceeded against, and of those, the number who were brought to court following arrest, and those given reprimands or final warnings. 54,590 were proceeded against in England and Wales in 2001, of whom 40,057 had been arrested and charged. In addition, 15,203 were given reprimands or final warnings.Information on persons questioned is not collected centrally, and the information collected on total arrests is limited to those arrested for notifiable offences and then only by age group rather than individual age.Statistics on persons proceeded against and cautioned in 2002 will be published in the autumn.