HC Deb 17 June 1975 vol 893 c377W
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.