» Friday, January 18, 2008

Teenage Crime

Put that David Cameron had said this morning that the streets of Britain had been lost to teenage thugs, the PMS said that she would not respond directly to the leader of the opposition. As was stated at yesterday’s lobby briefing, the Government had measures in place both through neighbourhood policing and local authorities, to tackle anti-social behaviour, neighbourhood nuisance and particularly underage drinking. We recognised that there were still pockets where further action was required and recognised the terrible nature of recent instances. The principles underlying the Respect agenda were still very much at the forefront of the Prime Minister’s drive to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Asked where these pockets were, the PMS replied that she would not go into detail region by region, but there were still issues to be tackled which was why the Government had the measures in place that it did and why the Government was still continuing to work on these issues, particularly on underage drinking. The PMS reminded journalists that before Christmas, the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Culture Secretary met with retailers, manufacturers and enforcement agencies to discuss further measures that could be taken to tackle alcohol misuse.

Put that the Respect Agenda no longer existed, the PMS again referred journalists to yesterday’s lobby briefing where we discussed the fact that the work of the Respect Agenda was being taken forward, in part through DCSF. Asked if there was a Respect tsar, the PMS again referred people to what was said at the lobby briefing yesterday.

Asked how near the Government was to agreement with supermarkets and retailers on the sale of alcohol to under 18’s, the PMS said that the discussions were ongoing. There had been a review of alcohol licensing in general, which she believed was due to finish and report in February. Asked if the supermarkets were engaged in the subject and a way forward could be found, the PMS replied that the Government and retailers were working together, to look at ways in which there could be further action to tackle the problem.

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  1. i think that teenage crime is getting worse by the minute and no one is doing anything about it.

    Comment by Alex Douglass — 4 Feb 2008 on 10:22 am | Link

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