§ Mr. George Rodgers
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles were held in prison because no specialist assessment centres were available during the last five years for which statistics are available.
§ Dr. Summerskill
A young person aged 14–16 who is awaiting trial may be remanded in custody to a prison or remand centre in England and Wales only if a court certifies that he is so unruly that he cannot safely be committed to the care of a local authority. The following table shows the number of juveniles so received into custody in the last four years.
1971 1972 1973 1974 Males … 1,839 1,975 2,697 3,647 Females … 96 91 155 242
Figures for 1970 are not available.