HC Deb 22 October 2001 vol 373 cc81-2W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place in respect of cases of child abduction in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement. [6740]

Mr. Denham

The information requested, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, is shown in the following table:

Persons proceeded against for offences of child abduction1, England and Wales
Year Number
1995 98
1996 89
1997 77
1998 104
1999 111
1 Child Abduction Act 1984 sections Children Act 1989 1 and 2, as amended by the

Data for 2000 are not yet available.