HC Deb 23 October 1961 vol 646 cc28-9W
Sir Richard Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give, for a period of 12 months to the latest convenient date, the proportion of males, under 17 and between 17 and 21, respectively, convicted for offences of violence against the person, who have had one or more previous convictions for offences involving dishonesty.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The available statistical information does not provide an accurate answer to the Question, but 23 per cent. of the persons aged under 17 found guilty in 1960 of indictable offences of violence against the person had previously been found guilty of indictable offences other than offences of violence against the person; the corresponding figure for persons aged 17 but under 21 was 30 per cent. These previous convictions would include a relatively small proportion of convictions for sexual and other offences but would be mainly for offences of dishonesty.