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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were committed to young offenders’ institutions in (a) the year preceding 1 May 1997 and (b) each of the last three years. (136552)

I have been asked to reply.

Figures on the numbers of persons received into prison establishments in England and Wales in 1996-97 and 2003 to 2005 can be found in the following table, by age band. There were no children under 15 years received into prison establishments in either of the periods.

The information is taken from Table 7.6 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005, which gives figures by calendar year, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library.

Receptions into prison establishments1 under an immediate custodial sentence: 1996-1997 and 2003-2005

Males and females 15 to 17

Number of persons

1996

5,285

1997

5,617

2003

4,918

2004

5,172

2005

5,175

1 Excludes police cells.

Note:

Figures taken from table 7.6 of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005 found at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosbl806section7.xls

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.