§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of juvenile offenders were given custodial sentences; and what proportion were given care orders for the most recent year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Mellor
The proportions of juvenile offenders given various sentences for indictable offences over the period 1971–81 are published in tables 7.6 and 7.8 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1981" — Cmnd. 8668. In 1981, nearly 1 per cent. of juvenile offenders aged 10 and under 17 sentenced for summary offences were given custodial sentences and about 0.5 per cent. care orders. Information for 1982 is not yet available.