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Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of under 18s in custody received their custodial sentence as a result of (a) possessing or supplying drugs of class A, B or C and (b) offences in which drugs were involved. (150912)

As at the end of May 2007 there were 74 under 18-year-olds serving sentences for drug offences in prison establishments in England and Wales; 4 per cent. of the total 1,895 under 18s serving immediate custodial sentences. It is not possible to show the number serving sentences for specific types of drug offences as the data are not robust at this level.

Information on the total number of prisoners whose offences involved drugs either as a motivating factor, or were committed under the influence of drugs, or where another offence was listed as the primary offence, is not available.

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many under 18-year-olds were in custody (a) following conviction and (b) before conviction on 1 October of each year since 1997. (150913)

Figures for all prisoners aged under 18 in all prison establishments in England and Wales 1997 to 2006 can be found in the following table.

Following conviction1

Before conviction2

1997

2,011

468

1998

2,024

442

1999

1,989

433

2000

2,125

338

2001

2,070

302

2002

2,309

324

2003

1,934

335

2004

1,969

322

2005

2,083

408

2006

2,124

387

1 Includes convicted unsentenced remand and sentenced prisoners.

2 Untried remand prisoners.

Notes:

1. 1997 to 1999 figures are as at 30 June.

2. 2000 to 2006 are as at 30 September.

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places there are for under 18-year-olds in the prison estate; and how many such places are filled. (150914)

The under-18 secure custodial estate comprises young offender institutions (mostly run by the Prison Service), secure training centres (privately run) and secure children’s homes (all but one of which are run by local authorities).

The following table, based on information supplied by the Youth Justice Board, shows the number of places currently commissioned by the Board, and occupancy as at 17 July 2007, in each sector. It also shows how many of the commissioned places are not currently available for use: for example, because they have been damaged or are being refurbished.

Places commissioned, available and occupied in the secure estate for children and young people, 17 July 2007

Young offender institutions

Secure training centres

Secure children's homes

Places commissioned

2,979

235

277

Places declared unavailable

72

0

0

Places available

2,907

235

277

Occupancy

12,791

228

261

1 Includes 356 over-18 year olds

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of hours spent by young offender is per day in each young offenders institution (a) in cells, (b) undergoing education and (c) playing team sport. (150915)

The average number of hours per weekday prisoners in each young offender institution spent in their cells in 2006-07 is shown in the following table:

Average hours per weekday spent in cells by prisoners in each young offender institution in 2006-07

Young offenders institution

Average time in cell per weekday in 2006-07

Aylesbury

15.9

Brinsford

15.7

Castington

15.1

Deerbolt

17.1

Feltham

14.2

Glen Parva

13.8

Hindley

14.0

Lancaster Farms

13.8

Northallerton

14.9

Portland

15.4

Reading

17.1

Rochester

15.7

Stoke Heath

14.5

Swinfen Hall

13.6

Thorn Cross

11.5

The prison service collects information on the time spent by prisoners on Education and this is shown in the following table. Data are not collected specifically for team sport but this activity is covered within physical education and recreational sporting activities. The table shows the average number of weekly hours that young offenders spent on education, physical education and recreational sporting activity per week in 2006-07. These data are not collected on a daily basis and cannot therefore be expressed in the precise format requested.

Average hours spent on education, physical education and recreational sporting activity per week in each young offender institution in 2006-07

Establishment

Physical education

Recreational sporting activity

Other educational activity

Aylesbury

3.4

0.3

5.5

Brinsford

2.9

0.0

8.6

Castington

3.1

0.3

9.1

Deerbolt

3.5

0.0

7.6

Feltham

6.2

0.2

10.5

Glen Parva

2.6

0.0

5.9

Hindley

3.1

0.0

17.3

Lancaster farms

2.9

0.0

9.9

Northallerton

3.3

0.0

6.2

Portland

2.6

0.0

6.5

Reading

0.1

3.1

4.2

Rochester

1.9

0.0

3.0

Stoke Heath

2.9

1.6

5.6

Swinfen Hall

3.3

0.3

8.0

Thorn Cross

7.1

0.3

13.2