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Missing Persons: Merseyside

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of missing people were made to Merseyside police in 2007, broken down by local authority area of origin; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12 years, (c) children aged 12 to 16 years and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability. (207305)

This is a matter for Merseyside police. Statistics on the number and age of individuals who are reported missing from home are not currently collected centrally.

One of the priorities for the Missing Persons Bureau is the development of a national picture of missing persons, including the relevant statistical information. The National Policing Improvement Agency is working with key stakeholders, including Missing People and the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group, to take this work forward.