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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:43 am on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:43 am, 31st January 2019

Since the Home Secretary’s announcement that the Government would adopt a public health approach to address violence, we have heard nothing—nothing on funding and nothing on how, just gimmicks. Today he has announced knife crime prevention orders—in the media, as my hon. Friend Vernon Coaker stated, not in this House. Children as young as 12 years old are being criminalised. Instead of criminalising them, we need to tackle the root causes. When can we have an urgent statement on how this fits into the Government’s supposed public health approach?