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Public Disorder — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:15 pm on 11th August 2011.

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Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Labour 1:15 pm, 11th August 2011

My Lords, like the most reverend Primate-and, I think, the House-I find the prevalence of children as young as seven and eight in these events deeply shocking. I agree with the most reverend Primate that issues to do with education-education for citizenship, education for virtue-are vital, as is early intervention. However, some very pressing and urgent questions need to be asked in respect of schools. Many schools have attached police officers. Many schools in the communities that have seen disturbances over the last week will be in a very fragile state at the beginning of term. Can the Minister confirm that every secondary school that wishes to have an attached police officer in any of the communities in question will have access to them, and that funding constraints will not be an obstacle to that?

Secondly, I expect we will find that most of the young people involved either have been excluded from school at some point or indeed may not even be attending school at all. On any one day in the school year, 1,000 pupils are excluded from school, many of them for acts of violence and serious disturbance. One of the issues that has to be looked at, coming out of these events, is the whole way that we deal with pupils excluded from school. They need to be properly supervised; they need to be properly organised; there needs to be some inspiration in the provision for them. I also believe that that should be a punitive element for those who are excluded from school in respect of acts of violence. The underclass that we have talked about this afternoon begins, alas, in our schools. Unless we tackle it in our schools we will never tackle it at all.

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LYNDA DAY
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 5:07 pm (Report this annotation)

IF POLITICIANS HACE TO ASK WHY THE RIOTS HAPPENED THEN THEY ARE BLIND AND STUPID. ENGLAND IS AN OVERCROWDED DUMP AND FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LET INTO THE COUNTRY. THIS WAS WAITING TO HAPPEN