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Missing Persons: Young People

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 346W, on missing persons: young people, (1) if she will request from each police force the number of people reported to that force as missing in 2007; (205166)

(2) if she will request from each police force the number of people reported to that force as missing in 2007 who were (a) classified as a vulnerable adult, (b) aged (i) between 18 and 16, (ii) 15 and 12 and (iii) under 12 years of age, (c) in care and (d) disabled.

[holding answer 12 May 2008]: The Missing Persons Bureau (MPB) is currently making an assessment of the current status of the issue of missing persons in conjunction with its partners and stakeholders, including Missing People and the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group.

At present, there is no national requirement for forces to provide these data, or use electronic management systems. The requisition of data from all police forces is subject to the requirement set out in the National Policing Improvement Agency’s developing strategic assessment work with forces and stakeholders, which is yet to be finalised and circulated for consultation.

The MPB has requested the number of missing persons records from all United Kingdom police forces for 2007 split by age and gender. The majority of police forces in the United Kingdom have some sort of electronic system to manage their missing persons cases, however, many of these systems are designed specifically for case management recording and do not have integral statistical packages.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons database, if she will request from each police force the number of children and young people reported missing to the police (a) under the age of 16 and (b) aged 17 and 18 years, broken down by local authority area. (206305)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: The Missing Persons Bureau (MPB) is currently making an assessment of the current status of the issue of missing persons in conjunction with its partners and stakeholders, including the Missing People charity and the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group.

At present, there is no national requirement for forces to provide these data, or use electronic management systems. The requisition of data from all police forces is subject to the requirement set out in the National Policing Improvement Agency's developing strategic assessment work with forces and stakeholders, which is yet to be finalised and circulated for consultation.

The MPB has requested the number of missing persons records from all United Kingdom police forces for 2007 split by age and gender. Data broken down by local authority area are not available, as police force boundaries are not all coterminous with local authority boundaries. The majority of police forces in the United Kingdom have electronic systems to manage their missing persons cases. However, many of these systems are designed specifically for case management recording and do not have integral statistical packages.