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Children: Protection

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many care applications have been issued in (a) Doncaster, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England in (i) the last quarter for which figures are available and (ii) the equivalent quarter in the previous year. (298660)

The number of applications for care orders in Doncaster, Yorkshire and England in the second quarter (April to June) of 2008 and the second quarter of 2009, the latest quarter for which statistics are currently available, are shown in the following table.

Care applications made in April to June of 2008 and April to June of 2009 in county courts and family proceedings courts (FPCs) in specified areas

April to June 2008

April to June 2009

Doncaster

14

52

Yorkshire

216

443

England

2,006

4,140

Notes:

1. The data are taken from Her Majesty’s Courts Service’s (HMCS’s) FamilyMan database and from monthly electronic returns sent in by those Family Proceedings Courts not using FamilyMan.

2. The figures reflect the number of applications counted by child. This means that where an application was made in respect of two children the application will be counted twice.

3. The figures exclude a small proportion of applications made to the High Court.

4. The figures for Yorkshire include applications made in the two HMCS areas of North and West Yorkshire and Humber and South Yorkshire.

Statistics on public law applications in the family courts of England and Wales are published on a quarterly basis by the Ministry of Justice in the statistical bulletin “Court Statistics Quarterly” and annually in the command paper “Judicial and Court Statistics”. Statistics for Q3 (July-September) of 2009 are due to be published in the next edition of Court Statistics Quarterly on 15 December, and will be available from the Ministry of Justice website at

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