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Young People: Remand in Custody

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17 year olds were on remand in each police force area in 2007-08; and how many subsequently served a prison sentence. (256511)

At 30 June 2007, the number of unsentenced (a) 15, (b) 16, and (c) 17-year-olds detained in all prison establishments in England and Wales were as shown in the following table:

Number

15-year-olds

63

16-year-olds

133

17-year-olds

348

These totals comprise the numbers held untried or convicted unsentenced and include both males and females for 17-year-olds; there are no 15 or 16-year-old female prisoners detained on remand in prison establishments in England and Wales.

This table is taken from table 7.11 of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and which can also be found at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

I also refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer he was given to him on 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 662W. A breakdown by police force area is not available.

During 2007 the proportion of all prisoners held on remand whose court proceedings resulted in immediate custodial sentence was 55 per cent. for males and 47 per cent. for females. This information is not available for 15 to 17-year-olds separately.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.