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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:49 pm on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 2:49 pm, 15th May 2019

I appreciate what the Home Secretary has said about certainty. However, I included many of those other cross-Government programmes in my calculation, and I came up with the figure of £35 million a year—and that is only 5% of the scale of the cuts in youth services. Can the Home Secretary tell me how many young people will be reached by the programmes that he has announced, and how many placements have been lost as a result of the cuts in the youth service? Knowing those basic facts about how many young people we are reaching and how many we are not reaching is crucial to our ability to assess whether his strategy will work.