Missing People (Hansard, 3 December 1990)
HC Deb 03 December 1990 vol 182 cc8-9W
Mr. Janner

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to how many(a) children and (b) adults are known to have gone missing in the Metropolitan police district in each month of the past two years for which records are available; and how many were subsequently traced (i) within one week, (ii) within one month, (iii) within three months, (iv) within six months and (v) not for over six months of report.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

It is not possible to give monthly figures in relation to persons reported missing in the Metropolitan police district, and statistical information is not kept regarding the periods of time within which missing persons are traced. However, the following annual figures are given in relation to persons reported missing in the Metropolitan police district in 1988 and 1989.

1988 1989
Males:
Under 14 years 486 2,955
14 to 17 years 937 5,661
18 years + 2,710 4,566
Females:
Under 14 years 421 1,587
14 to 17 years 1,091 6,078
18 years + 2,500 4,413
Total 8,145 25,260

Of the 8,145 persons reported missing during 1988, 1,075 were shown centrally as being still missing at the end of the year. Of the 25,260 persons reported missing during 1989, 315 were still missing at the end of the year.

The figures for 1989 are not comparable with those of previous years owing to new recording procedures having been introduced.

Figures for 1990 are not yet available.

Mr. Janner

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to how many inquiries the Metropolitan police received from other forces in respect of missing persons during the last year for which records are available.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The total number of missing persons reports received by the Metropolitan police from other forces during 1989 was 6,913. Figures for 1990 are not yet available.

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