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Home Department written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Rudi Vis Rudi Vis Labour, Finchley and Golders Green

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnicity the number of children received into (a) prison service custody, (b) secure training centres and (c) local authority secure children's homes in each of the last five years.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The information requested is provided in the table. Information for prison establishments is as recorded on the Prison Service IT system. Annual figures are not available for prison establishments in 2003 as during this time the Prison Service implemented the 2001 Census ethnic categories.

Information for Secure Training Centres and Local Authority Secure Children's Homes has been supplied by the Youth Justice Board.

First receptions of persons aged under 18 to prison establishments, by ethnic group
England and Wales, 2000–04
2000 2001 2002 2004
Total 9,401 9,098 8,887 8,110
White 7,756 7,316 7,008 6,370
Black 1,153 1,243 1,224
Mixed 385
Black or Black British 916
Asian or Asian British 362
South Asian 199 250 280
Chinese or Other 133 171 265 49
Unrecorded 160 118 110 25
1991 census codes 3
All offenders admitted to Secure Training Centres and Local Authority Secure Children's Homes by ethnic group
England and Wales, 2000–04
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Total 1,308 1,674 1,592 1,856 1,797
White 1,033 1,341 1,253 1,442 1,349
Mixed 107 119 117 150 166
Asian or Asian British 23 42 26 19 36
Black or Black British 106 137 158 177 148
Chinese or Other 7 3 14 25 20
Unrecorded 32 32 24 43 78

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