§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the average time taken from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders in Nottinghamshire in the latest month for which figures are available; and what was the equivalent figure for the same month one year earlier. 
§ Jane Kennedy
The Government's pledge to halve the average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders is monitored using data from the Police National Computer. The most recent figures by police force area refer to January 1999 to June 1999 when the average for Nottinghamshire was 126 days. Monthly figures for Nottinghamshire over this period are not available. Figures for January to June 1998 covering Nottinghamshire alone are not available: the previous figures cover 1998 as a whole, and the average for Nottinghamshire was 148 days. Further information about these figures is available in LCD Press Notices 154–99 and 368–99 copies of which have been placed in the House of Commons Library.