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There are also a number of young offender units within adult establishments. All women young offenders are held in accommodation designated for young offenders within adult women's prisons.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17 year olds were on remand in each year since 1997 in each police authority area; and how many went on to serve a prison sentence. 
Maria Eagle: The following table shows the number of 15, 16 and 17-year-olds held on remand in all prison establishments in England and Wales since 1997.
|As at 30 June each year|
|Males and Females||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007|
The figures are not broken down by area because the numbers are small and the accuracy at this level of detail cannot be guaranteed.
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.
Data are not held centrally to identify how many of the 15-17 year olds went on to serve a prison sentence. However, data collected from the courts show that 50 per cent. of those remanded in custody go on to receive a custodial sentence (data published in table 4.8 of Criminal Statistics 2005, and website www.homeoffice.gov.uk)
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many re-convictions of young offenders there were in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and what percentage this represents of all young offenders in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hanson: Information on re-offending by juveniles by police force area is not currently available. Figures for re-offending by juveniles have been published for 2000, 2004 and 2005 for England and Wales, but the data sets used do not enable analysis by police force area.
Prior to 2000, a different data source and methodology was used to calculate figures on juvenile re-offending, and these earlier figures are not comparable This is discussed in more detail and the most recent figures on juvenile re-offending can be found in Re-offending of juveniles: results from the 2005 cohort which can be found online at
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ( a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17-year-olds were given custodial sentences in each police force area in each year since 1997; and what average length of sentence was given to each group in each year. 
Mr. Hanson: The information requested is contained in the following tables.
Figures for 2006 will be published in mid-December.
|Table 1: Persons aged 15 to 17 sentenced to immediate custody by police force area and age, England and Wales, 1997 to 2005|
|Number of persons|
|Police force area||Age 15||Age 16||Age 17||Age 15||Age 16||Age 17||Age 15||Age 16||Age 17|
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