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Video Games

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were of retailers selling video games with an 18 classification to children under the age of 18-years in (a) England and Wales and (b) Newport East in the last year for which figures are available. [17761]

Paul Goggins: There is no specific offence of selling video games with an '18' classification to children under the age of 18 years. There is, however, an offence of supplying video recordings of classified work in breach of classification under the Video Recordings Act 1984, which partly covers video games as well as videos.

In England and Wales in 2004 there were 11 prosecutions for this offence, of which four were against companies. One of these prosecutions against a company took place in South East Gwent petty sessional area, which covers Newport East.

World Cup

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions the Government
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have had with other governments on policing the borders of Germany during the 2006 FIFA World cup; what the outcome of these discussions was; and if he will make a statement. [60349]

Paul Goggins [holding answer 21 March 2006]: There have been extensive discussions with the German Government and the governments in neighbouring and transit countries regarding the monitoring of fans travelling to Germany and host countries. Uniformed English police officers will work with the Federal police in Germany and in the UK. English police officers will also be deployed in transit countries.

Youth Custody Statistics

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 15 to 17 year olds were in custody in each of the last 10 years. [59322]

Fiona Mactaggart: The information requested which is available is provided in the table.

Information for prison establishments is as recorded on the Prison Service IT system.

Information for Secure Training Centres and Local Authority Secure Children's Homes has been supplied by the Youth Justice Board.
Young persons population in custody at 30 June 1996 to 2005

Local authority secure children's homes(59)Secure training centres(60)15–17 year olds in prison

(59) Figures supplied by YJB. The YJB was established in April 2000, and figures prior to 2000 for 15–17 year olds detained in LASCHs is not centrally available. However, total numbers of those detained in LASCHs prior to 2000 are published in Table 1.2 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004.
(60) Introduced in 2000—figures from YJB.