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Young Offenders: Remand in Custody

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of trends in the number of children remanded in custody while awaiting trial. (218836)

The proportion of young people held on remand in custody has remained relatively stable over the past five years. The decision to remand a young person in custody remains a matter for the courts.

The following table (based on data supplied by the Youth Justice Board) shows the number of young people remanded to custody at the end of June in the years 2003-08 and the percentage of the overall under-18 custodial population this represented.

Number of young people remanded to custody1

Percentage of under-18 custodial population

2003

559

19.9

2004

587

21.6

2005

565

20.3

2006

648

22.2

2007

607

20.9

2008

636

20.6

1 Young people remanded to custody on the last Friday of June 2003-08.