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Young Offenders: Remand in Custody

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17-year-olds were on remand in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and how many went on to serve a prison sentence. (200246)

The numbers of 15 to 17-year-olds held on remand (incorporating untried and convicted unsentenced) in all prison establishments in England and Wales since 1997 can be found in the following table. A breakdown by police authority area is not available.

Population of under 18-year-olds held on remand since 1997 (as at 30 June)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Males and females on remand

Aged 15

74

86

44

51

48

59

37

52

52

59

Aged 16

171

183

155

114

98

154

121

118

121

134

Aged 17

561

508

513

409

312

305

314

340

313

380

Males on remand

Aged 15

74

86

44

51

48

59

37

52

52

59

Aged 16

171

183

155

114

98

154

121

117

121

134

Aged 17

543

491

494

389

287

293

294

322

298

361

Females on remand

Aged 15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aged 16

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Aged 17

18

17

19

20

25

12

20

18

15

19

The following table gives the percentages of prisoners of all ages held on remand1 where the outcome of the court proceedings is a period of immediate custody. This information is not available for 15 to 17-year-olds separately.

1 Includes persons remanded in custody by magistrates during proceedings or on committal.

Percentage

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Males

Immediate custody

48

51

50

49

52

53

54

Females

Immediate custody

36

42

41

40

41

43

45

These figures are taken from the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006, tables 8.20 and 7.11, copies of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and which can also be found at the website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

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.