Offensive Weapons Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:11 pm on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 3:11 pm, 27th June 2018

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way a second time. This dilemma has bedevilled youth justice in particular since the 1960s. The Children and Young Persons Act 1969 which, broadly speaking, took a treatmentist approach to juvenile criminals, led to all kinds of favourable treatment for them, with intermediate treatment orders being the classic example. That essentially meant that victims were devalued in the system, and we emphasised the individual criminal, rather than the event—the crime. The victim of a violent crime is more interested in what has been done to them than who has done it.