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Young Offenders: Essex

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 16 years in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex received a custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years. (269094)

The available information is contained in the following table.

Data held by the Ministry of Justice on court proceedings is available by police force area (PFA) and the table shows the number of persons under the age of 16 years given custodial sentences in Essex PFA including West Chelmsford constituency, in each year from 1997 to 2007. This data is not made available for smaller areas such as constituencies because detailed checks on sentencing records are not carried out at court level.

Figures for 2008 will be available towards the end of 2009.

Number of persons under 16 years of age receiving custodial sentences1 in Essex police force area,1997 to 2007

Immediate custody

1997

98

1998

82

1999

65

2000

86

2001

115

2002

112

2003

105

2004

99

2005

85

2006

106

2007

81

1 Figures on custodial sentences are in this case equivalent to number of immediate custody given because suspended sentences apply only to persons aged 18 or over.

Notes:

1. The figures are on principal offence basis.

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

Source:

OMS-AS.