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Young Offenders

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the statistical release of 26 November 2009 entitled Youth crime: young people aged 10 to 17 receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction, in England, 2000-01 to 2008-09, how many of the offenders referred to in table one were aged (a) 10 to 12, (b) 13 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17 years old. (312100)

[holding answer 20 January 2010]: The number of young people, aged (a) 10 to 12, (b) 13 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17, receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction processed by English or Welsh police forces can be found in the following tables:

Number of young people aged 10 to 17 receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction, processed by English or Welsh police forces (and percentage of year total)

Financial year

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

(a) 10 to 12-year-old at time of offence

13,652

15

13,136

15

11,492

14

11,936

14

13,048

14

(b) 13 to 15-year-old at time of offence

45,393

51

44,672

50

40,830

49

44,139

50

49,067

51

(c) 16 to 17-year-old at time of offence

30,808

34

31,108

35

30,957

37

32,164

36

33,640

35

Total (10 to 17-year-old at time of offence)

89,853

100

88,916

100

83,279

100

88,239

100

95,755

100

2005-062006-072007-082008-09

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

(a) 10 to 12-year-old at time of offence

14,769

14

15,686

14

13,780

14

10,152

13

(b) 13 to 15-year-old at time of offence

56,233

52

57,695

52

51,307

51

39,237

50

(c) 16 to 17-year-old at time of offence

36,273

34

36,905

33

35,123

35

29,871

38

Total (10 to 17-year-old at time of offence)

107,275

100

110,286

100

100,210

100

79,260

100

An equivalent breakdown by age bands is not available for offenders living in England due to the method used to allocate records where insufficient address data are available.