HC Deb 12 July 1984 vol 63 c634W
Mr. Gareth Wardell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report for each county in England and Wales (a) the number of secure units for juveniles on remand, (b) the average length of stay in such units, (c) the number of juveniles aged 15 and 16 years who have been remanded to adult prisons during the last complete year that figures are available and (d) the average length of time that juveniles aged 15 and 16 years on remand spend in adult prisons.

Mr. Hurd

The readily available information on receptions of juveniles on remand into adult prisons is given in the attached table. It is normal for young male prisoners to be kept apart from adult prisoners whereas in establishments for females women and girls may mix. Information on the average time juveniles spent on remand in adult prisons is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Questions on juveniles held on remand in local authority secure units should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services.

Untried and convicted unsentenced juveniles aged 15 or 16 received initially into an adult prison department establishment in England and Wales, 1982
Estimated number*
Adult prisons with remand units/wings for prisoners aged under 21† 330
Remand centres taking remand prisoners of all ages‡ 760
Other adult prisons 80
* The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate; detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.
† Cardiff, Dorchester, Exeter, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Swansea and Winchester.
‡Ashford, Low Newton, Manchester, Pucklechurch and Risley.