§ Mrs. Brooke
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of cases in magistrates courts involving young people as a defendant(a) went ahead at the first hearing, (b) were adjourned once before the case is heard and (c) were adjourned more than once before the case is heard in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
§ Yvette Cooper
I have been asked to reply.
During last year, 26 per cent. of young defendants had their cases completed at the first listing, 23 per cent. had one adjournment and 51 per cent. were adjourned more than once. These figures are taken from sample surveys, so total numbers are not available.