[John Robertson in the Chair] — Services for Young People

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:26 pm on 22nd March 2012.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells 3:26 pm, 22nd March 2012

I agree broadly with my hon. Friend, but in my constituency in rural Somerset, one difficulty is acute travel problems. The complete lack of transport services after 6 o’clock in the evening means that only children with parents who have access to a car can access youth services. Not every village has a youth service. I have 172 communities in my constituency, and there are probably youth services in nine or 10. I accept what my hon. Friend says, but it is almost intolerably difficult for young people to access services in rural communities if other services are not in place, and my county council is cutting everything.