§ Mr. Michael
Not all the expenditure on youth crime initiatives can be separated out from Home Office programmes. A total of £1,723,000 is committed for 1997–98 for such programmes, much of which will support initiatives of this kind.
This is divided between the core funding of Crime Concern, which takes particular interest in youth crime prevention, although the Home Office funding is for the organisation's running costs rather than for the direct support of initiatives; the Home Office's Programme Development Unit which supports innovative projects aimed at reducing criminality among young people; the Safer Cities programme and support for two Home Start projects.
The equivalent figure for (a) 1995–96 was £1,800,000; and for (b) 1996–97 it was £1,695,000.
Future expenditure plans will be considered in the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review.