§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 15 to 17-year-old girls were sentenced to four months youth custody since the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 1982.
§ Mr. Hurd
Girls aged under 17 cannot be given a youth custody sentence of exactly four months. The central records available to us show 24 females aged 15 to 17 received into prison department establishments in England and Wales from the implementation of part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 to 30 November 1983 under a youth custody sentence very close to four months, taken as 120 to 125 days; seven of them were aged 15, nine aged 16 and eight aged 17. Six of the 17-year-old girls received a sentence of exactly four months.