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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Regent's Park and Kensington North 11:30 am, 21st March 2007

I am sure the whole House will unite in sending sympathy to the family of my constituent, Kodjo Yenga, who is yet another of the teenagers who have met a violent death on the streets of London in recent weeks. Is my right hon. Friend aware that far too many children and young people fear violence, crime and bullying on the streets, and even in our schools? Does he agree that although effective policing and strong deterrents for violent crime play a vital role, it is also crucial that we redouble our efforts to engage with our young people, to talk to them and invest in strategies that will deter them from violent crime and the gang culture?