§ Mr. McTaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children under the age of 16 years were held on remand in each of the last five years; and of these, how many were subsequently given custodial sentences.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The numbers of children aged 14 or 15 received into prison under unruly certificates made by the courts under sections 24 and 297 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975 were:
Number 1983 144 1984 138 1985 133 1986 50
No information is available on the number of these who were subsequently given custodial sentences.
Figures for 1987 are not yet available.