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Young Offenders: Drugs

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) male and (b) female young offenders aged between 10 to 17 years entered custody with (i) a drug misuse problem, (ii) an alcohol misuse problem and (iii) another substance misuse problem in the latest period for which figures are available. (206888)

Current risk factors, including drug and alcohol misuse issues, are recorded on a “live” section of the Youth Justice Board's database under the heading “substance misuse”. This information is regularly amended and updated for use by the Youth Justice Board's placement team and, as a result, historical records are not available.

The following table shows the number of young people aged between 10 and 17 year old entering custody on Friday 16 May 2008 and those with identified substance misuse issues.

Friday 16 May2008

Total number entering custody

Those with identified substance misuse issues

Percentage of young people with substance misuse issues

Boys

81

24

30

Girls

5

3

60