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(1) HMP Holloway and YOI Holloway are recorded as one establishment.
|Lost or stolen security passes in each of the last three financial years at Pentonville and Holloway prisons|
|HMP/YOI Holloway( 1)||HMP Pentonville|
|(1) HMP Holloway and YOI Holloway are recorded as one establishment.|
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 16 to 18 year olds and (b) 18 to 21 year olds are currently serving custodial sentences; and what is the average length of sentence for each group. 
(a) 16 to 17-year-olds serving a determinate sentence was 19 months;
(b) Young adults(1) serving a determinate sentence was 31 months.
The average lengths given here are longer than those for all sentenced offenders received into prison establishments. This is because the population of offenders in prison at any given time includes a larger proportion of those serving longer sentences.
(1) Young adults are those aged 18 to 20 and those 21-year-olds who were aged 20 or under at conviction who have not been reclassified as part of the adult population.
Mr. Hanson: Data on the number of prisoners in young offender institutions who are drug dependent are not recorded. Instead the National Offender Management Service relies on epidemiological research which has previously shown 76 per cent. of young male offenders aged 18-21 assessed (within a young offender institution) as being dependent on at least one drug.
Mr. Hanson: The average cost per annum of a place at a young offender institution for 2001-08 was £32,799. This will include the provision of juvenile places at sites where both young offenders and juveniles are detained, as we are unable except at disproportionate cost to split these costs. The costs include only direct prison costs and exclude overhead costs.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of sentence was for young offenders aged (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 17 and (c) 18 to 20 years for offences (i) involving violence against a person, (ii) of a sexual nature, (iii) of burglary, (iv) of robbery and (v) involving drugs where a custodial sentence was handed down in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hanson: The requested information is contained in the following table. The figures are a further breakdown of statistics found in Table 2.17 of the Ministry of Justice statistical bulletin, Sentencing Statistics 2006. The 2007 data will be published at the end of November.
|Average length of immediate custodial sentence( 1) for various age groups for various offence groups, all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006|
|Average length of sentence (months)|
|(1) Excludes life and indeterminate sentences.|
1. These data are on the principal offence basis.
2. Offenders receiving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection for a serious offence would previously have received a lengthy determinate sentence that would have been included in the calculation of average custodial sentence length. These longer sentences are now effectively excluded since the calculation. This may account for the observed decrease in average custodial sentence lengths since 2004-05.
3. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
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