HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 c802W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children up to the age of 16 years have disappeared within the UK during each of the last five years and have not been found. [51647]

Mr. Denham

Missing persons are reported to the Police National Missing Persons Bureau (PNMPB) after they have been missing for 14 days or more. The PNMPB currently record missing children figures in the category of under 18 years. However, until the period 1999–2000 the age range of 'up to and including 18 years of age' was used. The following are the figures of those reported missing using the above mentioned categories, for the last five financial years:

1997–98 938
1998–99 1,184
1999–2000 1,467
2000–01 1,021
2001–02 1,037

Of those cases, the PNMPB database currently shows a total of 468 outstanding unresolved cases.