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Prison Statistics

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged (a) 15 years old, (b) 16 years old, (c) 17 years old were being held in prison in each of the last 12 months; and of these girls how many have children. [117796]

The number of females aged 15, 16 and 17-years old in Prison Service establishments, for each of the last 12 months, is shown in the following table:

Age 15Age 16Age 17
April 200263092
May 200282981
June 200292785
July 200283285
August 200263184
September 200252972
October 200242285
November 200271984
December 200212391
January 200303187
February 200302279
March 200301577
Information is not held centrally on how many of these females have children.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under-18-year olds were held in custody in England and Wales in each month of the last 12 months, broken down by (a) prison, (b) local authority secure unit, (c) young offenders institution and (d) secure training centre; and in each case how many persons were held aged (i) 10 to 12, (ii) 13 to 14, (iii) 15 to 16 and (iv) 17 to 18. [117797]

The figures include all 18-year olds in Prison Service establishments. The requested information is in the table and a copy will be placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being held over (a) 50 miles and (b) 100 miles from their home town. [118789]

On 26 February 2003, the latest date for which information is available, 14,500 prisoners were held between 50 and 100 miles from their home area and 12,500 prisoners were held over 100 miles from their home area.