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Demographic Statistics

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the numbers of (a) young people under the age of 16 years and (b) retired people living in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland. [74407]

Mr. McLeish: The information requested is given in the table. The population figures have been prepared by a method which involves a certain degree of approximation and therefore should be treated with some caution.

From 1 July 1999 this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Parliamentary ConstituencyEstimate of population aged under 16 (as at 30 June 1997)Estimate of population of pensionable age (13) (as at 30 June 1997)
Aberdeen Central12,42311,717
Aberdeen North12,72311,999
Aberdeen South14,10113,299
Airdrie and Shotts16,20712,807
Angus15,40615,217
Argyll and Bute11,66614,299
Ayr13,61215,019
Banff and Buchan16,05813,040
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross10,83510,438
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley17,32016,766
Central Fife15,32713,964
Clydebank and Milngavie14,01413,113
Clydesdale16,71613,967
Coatbridge and Chryston14,34711,223
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth14,1168,316
Cunninghame North15,43713,050
Cunninghame South13,89011,742
Dumbarton16,00812,762
Dumfries15,56116,475
Dundee East14,23714,914
Dundee West13,82614,483
Dunfermline East14,01511,269
Dunfermline West14,38711,389
East Kilbride18,30513,656
East Lothian14,81414,322
Eastwood17,65615,302
Edinburgh Central13,82314,144
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh13,46813,611
Edinburgh North and Leith13,33413,644
Edinburgh Pentlands13,10613,410
Edinburgh South13,76414,083
Edinburgh West13,37813,688
Falkirk East14,70412,984
Falkirk West13,63112,037
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale13,24515,075
Glasgow Anniesland13,61512,427
Glasgow Baillieston12,51011,418
Glasgow Cathcart12,85811,736
Glasgow Govan12,97111,839
Glasgow Kelvin14,54913,279
Glasgow Maryhill13,64312,453
Glasgow Pollok12,31611,242
Glasgow Rutherglen13,01911,883
Glasgow Shettleston12,29211,220
Glasgow Springburn13,62312,434
Gordon17,18011,704
Greenock and Inverclyde13,04211,793
Hamilton North and Bellshill14,79511,985
Hamilton South12,5869,765
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber17,29015,099
Kilmarnock and Loudoun16,05814,863
Kirkcaldy13,50112,301
Linlithgow15,5369,440
Livingston17,54410,659
Midlothian12,79210,416
Moray16,51814,136
Motherwell and Wilshaw14,52311,963
North East Fife13,47115,202
North Tayside15,70116,106
Ochil15,39913,289
Orkney and Shetland9,4867,122
Paisley North13,19810,918
Paisley South14,39411,907
Perth15,17016,321
Ross, Skye and Inverness West15,11112,744
Roxburgh and Berwickshire11,03213,162
Stirling13,05112,092
Strathkelvin and Bearsden16,44813,875
Tweedale, Ettrick and Lauderdale12,76212,858
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine17,44511,896
West Renfewshire14,06512,005
Western Isles5,7145,930

(13) Comprises males aged 65 and over, and females aged 60 and over


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Criminal Offences (Young People)

Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of people aged 15 to 25 years committed a criminal offence in each year since 1992. [74522]

Mr. McLeish: The available information is given in the table. It relates to the number of individuals who were convicted in Scottish courts at least once in a given year for conduct classified as a crime or for breach of the peace or simple assault, which are classified as offences. It therefore excludes convictions for motor vehicle and some minor common law and statutory offences. In addition to cases dealt with in court, children in Scotland who are suspected of committing offences are generally referred to the Reporter to a children's hearing. Each year an average of around 4,500 children aged 15 and over are referred to Reporters on offence grounds, equivalent to 7 per cent. of the 15-year-old population.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Percentage of people aged 15-25 years with a charge proved in a
Scottish court for a crime breach of the peace or simple assault (14) on at least one occasion in the given year, 1992-97

YearPercentage (15)
19923.8
19933.7
19943.6
19953.6
19963.7
19973.6

(14) Excludes convictions for most motor vehicle and some minor statutory offences

(15) Percentage of the relevant mid-year GRO(S) estimate of the 15-25 year old population


Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of people aged 15 to 25 years have been convicted of (a) two, (b) three and (c) four offences. [74521]

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Mr. McLeish: The available information is given in the table. It relates to the number of occasions between 1989 and 1997 on which people who were aged 15-25 years at June 1997 were convicted in Scottish courts for conduct classified as a crime, or for breach of the peace and simple assault, which are classified as offences. It therefore excludes convictions for motor vehicle and some minor common law and statutory offences.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Number and percentage of people aged 15-25 years in 1997 with a charge proved in a Scottish court for a crime, breach of the peace or simple assault (16) on 2-4 occasions in the period 1989-97

Number of convictions in 1989-97NumberPercentage (17)
213,7121.9
37,1211.0
44,5770.6

(16) Excludes convictions for most motor vehicle and some minor statutory offences

(17) Percentage of the mid-year GRO(S) estimate of the 15-25 year old population in 1997


Criminal Offences

Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of criminal offences were committed by (a) 15 to 25, (b) 26 to 35, (c) 36 to 45 and (d) 46 to 60 year olds in each year since 1992. [74520]

Mr. McLeish: The available information, which relates to numbers of convictions in Scottish courts, is given in the table. In addition to cases dealt with in court, children in Scotland who are suspected of committing offences are generally referred to the Reporter to a children's hearing. Each year an average of around 4,500 children aged 15 and over are referred to Reporters on offence grounds.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Persons with a charge proved in Scottish courts, by age 1992-97

Age
15-2526-3536-4546-60All (18)
Number
199281,87449,94423,56914,449177,483
199374,97147,04521,91112,871162,806
199471,47747,85521,86012,847159,178
199569,49747,32321,85712,894156,707
199669,44645,84521,22211,879153,087
199767,46345,55721,24711,788150,450
Per cent.
19924628138100
19934629138100
19944530148100
19954430148100
19964530148100
19974530148100

(18) Includes persons of all ages and companies


NHS Funding

Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the distribution of new funding for the NHS in Scotland. [74518]

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Mr. Galbraith: Following the Comprehensive Spending Review, an additional investment of £1.8 billion is being made in the NHS in Scotland over the next three years. This will give cash growth over the original planned expenditure in 1998-99 of £300 million in 1999-2000, £590 million in 2000-01 and £910 million in 2001-02 or annual cash growth of £300/290/320 million respectively. The additional funding has been distributed as follows:

£ million
1999-20002000-012001-02
Hospital and Community Health Services176200221
Family Health Services1198699
Other Health Services540
Total300290320

From 1 July 1999 this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.



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