To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the efficacy of current measures to deal with persistent juvenile offenders.
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr. Gill) on 24 June, Official Report, column 255.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about measures he is taking to deal with offenders under the age of 18 years.
I refer the hon. Member to the statement made to the House by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) on 2 March, Official Report, columns 139–50, in which he announced the Government's intention to provide courts with a new sentence, provisionally entitled a secure training order, to assist them in dealing with persistent juvenile offenders. Further measures are under consideration to bring the necessary legislation before the House as soon as possible.