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Child Access

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many parents with care have been imprisoned in the last five years for ignoring court orders and obstructing access to children by their non-resident parent. (80343)

Information on how many parents with care have been imprisoned in the last five years for ignoring court orders and obstructing access to children by their non-resident parent is not recorded. However, the figures in the following table show the number of people remanded in custody. These cases include those sentenced to prison and those kept in police cells. The table also shows the number of people remanded on bail or for medical reports.

Financial Year

Bail

Custody

Medical Reports

Total

2001-02

158

352

9

519

2002-03

203

504

16

723

2003-04

217

616

8

841

2004-05

225

565

10

800

2005-06

253

576

2

831

The figures in the table are from the county and High Courts only and relate to the breach of Family Law Act 1996 orders.