§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for the South Yorkshire police force area how many(a) children and (b) adults are known to have gone missing for each of the last five years he has records; and how many were subsequently traced.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The following annual figures are given in relation to the total number of missing persons reports received in the South Yorkshire police force area for the years 1986–1990. Children and adults are not categorised separately, nor do the figures take account of those individuals who regularly leave their homes and may be 189W reported missing several times a year. Separate records are maintained of children and adults who are still missing at the end of each year.
Year Total number of missing persons reports Outstanding at end of year Children Adults 1986 3,990 16 4 1987 3,908 32 5 1988 3,420 13 4 1989 4,281 14 3 1990 4,740 27 7