HC Deb 26 February 1981 vol 999 c414W
47. Mr. Speller

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, as a matter of urgency, he will take steps to allow greater power of sentencing to magistrates dealing with young offenders, particularly when offences of vandalism are concerned.

Mr. Mayhew

The Government's proposals for legislation to strengthen the sentencing powers of the courts to deal with young offenders are set out in the recent White Paper on young offenders—Cmnd. 8045. My right hon. Friend will take full account of the views of my hon. Friend and others on the urgency of the need for such legislation.