§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, in view of the almost daily reports of schoolchildren being involved in robbery, shoplifting and muggings, if he will co-ordinate action to encourage teachers at school to attempt to educate pupils in a manner which will prevent such happenings; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Boyson
The scale and nature of juvenile offending is of serious concern. It is for local education authorities to co-ordinate any action which the education service is able to undertake. However, I cannot accept that the education service on its own can prevent juvenile crime.