§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 5 February 1996:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking, what is the number of (a) boys and (b) girls to the age of 18 years who are at present serving prison sentences in England and Wales (i) for murder and (ii) for manslaughter of children.
The latest information is for 30 January 1996 and is given in the attached table.
Population of persons aged under 18 years1 currently serving prison sentences in England and Wales for murder of children and manslaughter of children, by sex, on 30 January 19962 Offence Boys Girls Murder of children 3 — Manslaughter of children — 1 Total 3 1 'The age interpretation used is where age is currently under 18, convicted of murder/manslaughter of someone who was also under 18. 2 Includes those in Prison Service establishments and local authority secure accommodation.