§ Mr. Irving
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles and young adults, respectively, were serving youth custody sentences in (a) prisons and (b) remand centres on the most recent convenient date.
§ Mr. Mellor
The latest readily available information is given in the following table. Of the trainees shown, all the juveniles and some 40 per cent. of the young adults were being held for allocation or transfer to a youth custody centre, or for other temporary purposes, or had a net sentence of less that 21 days.
Youth custody trainees held in prisons and remand centres in England and Wales on 31 August 1983 by age and type of establishment. Number Type of establishment Under 17 17 and over Remand centres 25 155 Chelmsford prison† — 255 Other prisons 25 815 All prisons and remand centres 50 1,225 * Based on central records which are approximate † A prison for young offenders