HC Deb 23 January 1997 vol 288 c729W
15. Mr. Whittingdale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government are taking to reduce the rate of reoffending among young offenders. [10562]

Mr. Howard

We have proposed in the Crime (Sentences) Bill that curfew orders with electronic monitoring should be extended to 10 to 15-year-olds, and that the courts be given greater discretion to allow the identification of convicted juveniles. We are introducing a new secure training order for 12 to 14-year-old persistent offenders. High-intensity training regimes have been introduced at Thorn Cross young offender institution and will be extended to a new YOI to be opened at Colchester military corrective training centre within a month. But reducing offending is not the responsibility of the Government alone, and that is why we have strengthened the courts' powers to involve parents when their children offend.