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Crime (Young Persons)

Volume 895: debated on Thursday 17 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision the Government make for facilities and projects designed to prevent unemployed young people becoming involved in crime.

Help for young people without jobs is not dependent on the risk that, in a small minority of cases, they will become involved in crime. The first priority is to help them to secure employment and training opportunities, which is a task for the careers services run by local education authorities and for the Manpower Services Commission and its agencies. There is a wide range of local authority and voluntary effort in the fields of education, leisure and recreation for young people to which the Government make a direct or indirect contribution.