HC Deb 22 February 1990 vol 167 cc907-8W
13. Mr. Harry Greenway

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to reduce prison recidivism within the 15 to 22 years age groups; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor

Our proposals for punishing more young offenders in the community should help to reduce reoffending. When young people receive custodial sentences, our aim is to help to prepare them to lead law-abiding and useful lives on their release, with greater emphasis on the development of personal responsibility.