HC Deb 15 November 1990 vol 180 cc217-8W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he proposes to take to reduce the level of juvenile crime.

Mr. John Patten

Some parents can do more to control their children's behaviour, and the emphasis on parental responsibilities in the Criminal Justice Bill will encourage them to do so. The Home Office is also considering with the DES what action needs to he taken to reduce truancy.

at 31 August 1990 there were 127,024 police officers and 45,253 civilian staff, an increase of 15,531 police officers and 10,523 civilian staff since May 1979.