HC Deb 17 May 1968 vol 764 cc289-90W
Mr. Whitaker

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will set up a committee to evaluate police juvenile liaison schemes, with a view to their introduction in areas of the country which do not have them.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

Studies of the police juvenile liaison schemes in Accrington and Blackburn and in Newham are being conducted with the support of the Home Office. The results, which are expected by the end of this year, should throw light on the effectiveness of these schemes. Under my right hon. Friend's new proposals for legislation on chilren, set out in the White Paper "Children in Trouble", it will be possible to continue and extend the work of police juvenile liaison schemes in areas where it is agreed that police participation in preventive work is valuable.