§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young persons were remanded in custody to prison, due to the shortage of remand centres, in 1968.
§ Mr. Elystan Morgan
Provisional figures show that in 1968 there were 215 receptions into prisons in England and Wales of young persons aged 14 and under 17 on remand. The number of young persons involved would be lower than this because a remand in custody both before and after a finding of guilt would be counted twice. A small number, which cannot be distinguished, would have been in prison because of the nature of their offences, not because of a shortage of remand centre accommodation.