§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders in each year since 1 May 1997 for(a) Shropshire and (b) Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jane Kennedy
I have been asked to reply.
The average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders sentenced at magistrates courts or the Crown court in Shropshire for 1998 was 177 days. The equivalent figure for 1999 was 92 days.
Data for the year 2000 are not yet available. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of arrest to sentence times by constituency.