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Children and Young Persons Act 1993, s. 53(2)

The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The information is given in the table.

Number of persons sentenced, at the Crown Court, under
Section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 by sex and age, England and Wales, 1997-1999(1)

1997 1998 1999(1)
AgeMalesFemalesMalesFemalesMalesFemales
10 1-- ---- ----
11 1-- 1-- 3--
12 10-- 6-- 3 3
13 21 3 19-- 27 1
14 89 3 61 2 77 5
15121 6 84 6 70 7
16166 7157 8133 5
1728311245 4262 5
Total692305732057526

(1) Provisional.


The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The available information for offenders serving sentences under Section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act in Prison Service accommodation is for the end of June each year. It is as follows:

YearNumber
1997759
1998856
1999862
2000(1)873

(1) end March--provisional

The number of offenders serving sentences in local authority secure accommodation on 30 April each year was:


YearNumber
1997177
1998180
1999132
2000118

These figures include the Department of Health-run Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre.


The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have any plans to reduce the number of offences which may carry a sentence

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    under Section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.[HL3141]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: It is essential the courts have the powers they need to deal with children and young persons convicted of serious offences. The Government have no current plans to reduce the number of offences contained in Section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.

Young Offenders Institutions: Sexual Assaults

The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many cases of rape and assault within Young Offender institutions were reported to the authorities in each year since 1997.[HL3140]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The figures contained in the given table answer the Question as closely as the collated statistics allow. The information held by the Prison Service is not specific enough to identify how many of the reported sexual assaults are for rape.

Young Offender Institutions

Total AssaultsOf which were sexual assaults
199794612
19981,42123
19992,43117
2000 (to 03/07/00)1,5296
Totals6,32758



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