HC Deb 20 January 2003 vol 398 c164W
Mr. Watson

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to educate young people about the penalties for shop theft. [90263]

Mr. Miliband

Pupils learn about the penalties of crime as part of Citizenship education—now a statutory subject in secondary schools—and as part of the national framework for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship in primary schools. Detailed guidance sent to all schools by the QCA includes specific units to help teachers to develop pupils' understanding of issues of crime, including the role and operation of the criminal and civil justice system. For example, the unit 'Respect for property' helps pupils in KS 1 and 2 (age 5–10) to discuss and learn about the consequences of crime and the concept of taking responsibility for property in the community. In another unit 'Crime' pupils in KS3 (age 11–14) build on what they have learned in primary schools to explore how crime affects young people, victims of crime and their communities.

Mr. Watson

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last met the Home Secretary to discuss crimes by schoolchildren. [90264]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

My right hon. Friend has regular meetings with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary about this and other relevant issues.