Skip to main content

Young People: Police Custody

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles were detained in police cells overnight in the last year for which figures are available. (256364)

It is the Government’s policy that young people should only be held overnight in police cells in the most exceptional circumstances. Our records indicate that in the last 12 months, seven young people under 18 were held overnight in police cells pending transfer to a secure establishment. That includes four young people who were accommodated in police cells on the night of 2 February 2009 owing to adverse weather conditions.