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Offensive Weapons: Prosecutions

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative proposals she intends to bring forward to ensure that everyone found in possession of a knife in public in a crime hot spot is prosecuted. (182757)

The Tackling Violence Action Plan, published on 18 February, outlines the Government's efforts to tackle knife crime over the next three years.

We are currently working with the Crown Prosecution Service and the police to see how the arrangements agreed in London for the prosecution of knife possession offences might be extended more widely.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue guidance to the police to ensure that everyone found in possession of a knife in public in a crime hot spot is prosecuted. (182923)

We are currently working with the Crown Prosecution Service and the police on how the arrangements agreed in London for the prosecution of knife possession offences might be extended more widely.