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Young Offenders

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the implementation of the Youth Conditional Caution; and if he will make a statement. (247263)

We propose to introduce the Youth Conditional Caution in stages. Pilots for 16 and 17-year-olds will begin in summer 2009. Evaluation of the pilot schemes will inform decisions on national roll out of the Caution for 16 and 17-year-olds and its application to 10 to 15-year-olds. Consultation on the statutory code of practice governing use of the Youth Conditional Caution for 16 and 17-year-olds will begin shortly and I will ensure that the hon. Member receives copies of the consultation documents.