§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many compensation orders have been made in respect of(a) under 17-year-old, (b) 17 to 21 year old and (c) over 21-year-old offenders in the last year for which figures are available; 
(2) what assessment he has made of the use of compensation orders by the courts. 
§ Mr. Michael
Ninety-four thousand eight hundred offenders were ordered to pay compensation orders in 1996, two per cent. more than in 1995 but fewer than the 1991 total of 112,800.
In 1996, of the 94,800 offenders ordered to pay compensation orders, 17,400 were aged 10 to 17, 17,900 were aged 18 to 20 and 59,500 were aged 21 and over.