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Convictions: Young People

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children under the age of 16 years have been convicted of criminal offences in each of the last five years. (306449)

The number of persons aged 10 to 15 years found guilty of criminal offences in all courts in England and Wales, from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is provided in the following table.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

The number of persons aged 10 to 15 years found guilty at all courts for all offences, England and Wales 2003-071,2












1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.


Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice