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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those people (a) prosecuted and (b) cautioned for arson offences in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002 were between the ages of 10 and 17. [117895]

The information requested is contained in the table.Statistics for 2002 will be published in the autumn.Earlier this year, the task force ran a campaign to raise parents' and children's awareness of the risks of giving out their personal details to strangers and provide Advice on using chat rooms. The evaluation of this campaign showed improved awareness of the core messages.