Juvenile Offending

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 2nd March 1993.

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Photo of Stephen Byers Stephen Byers , Wallsend 3:30 pm, 2nd March 1993

Does the Home Secretary recognise that his statement addresses only one small part of the overall problem? Does he accept that there need to be changes to the criminal justice system to make it far more effective, which it clearly is not at present? In particular, will he take urgent action to repeal section 29 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 so that previous convictions can be taken into account when an offender is being sentenced? After 14 years of Conservative Government and a crisis of confidence, why will not the main proposals in his statement take effect for another two to three years?