HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc354-5W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been taken into protective custody in connection with paedophilia in each year since 1997. [83176]

Jacqui Smith

The information requested is not held centrally.

However, information is held centrally about the number of children looked after by local councils. From the year ending 31 March 2001, this information is collected by age and category of need, which records the main reason why the child requires assistance from his/her local social services department. One of the categories of need is abuse or neglect. However, this category spans all types of abuse and neglect and provides no information about the characteristics of the alleged abusers of the children.