(2) how many people aged (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 29, (c) 30 to 59 and (d) over 60 years old have been arrested for each category of offence by each police force in each year since 1997.
[holding answer 1 March 2010]: The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. The data are also broken down by age groups which are (a) aged under 10, (b) aged 10-17, (c) aged 18-20, (d) aged 21 and over, (e) age unknown and so we can only provide data in these age groups and not that which is requested.
The data requested covering the period from 2000-01 to 2007-08 have been placed in the House Library. Data prior to 2000-01 are not available.
Data for 2008-09 are due to be published in early April 2009-10.