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Demonstrations in Central London

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:21 pm on 2nd May 2000.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip 4:21 pm, 2nd May 2000

My Lords, in response to the noble Lord I can assure him that of course the Government continue to believe in being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. However, I am not sure that on this occasion the noble Lord has chosen the best example. Certain youngsters, both male and female, get into trouble and then need help rather than punishment. However, I do not believe that that applied to those who were involved at the front of yesterday's demonstration.