HC Deb 10 April 2000 vol 348 c41W
Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when the Government will publish the findings of the joint Women's Unit and Home Office's dialogue with young people. [118770]

Ms Jowell

My right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Home Office and I are launching "Listen Up!", our report on the dialogue, which is being published today; copies will be placed in the Library.

The report describes a major consultation exercise with young people run by the National Youth Agency.

This consultation was the first time in which Government consulted young women and young men separately. The report sets out their views and concerns. It looks, in particular, at issues such as the importance of family and parenting; preparation for adult life including school; careers choices; pressures to conform and self-esteem; vulnerability to risks; health, and crime. The report considers the significance of gender differences and looks at ways of involving young people more as policies are developed. It sets out the Government's response to the key concerns raised by young people, giving an outline of those areas where gender specific policies could make a difference.