§ 55. Mr. Simon Mahon
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Liverpool and Bootle Police regarding the increase in crimes of violence in Liverpool and Bootle and the practice of knife-carrying by groups of young persons in the police area, and on the action he has taken, or is going to take, to eradicate such practices amongst teenagers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The chief constable has reported a sharp increase in crimes of violence. Some months ago he set up a special task force, and he informs me that this and other measures have341W
had a considerable effect in stemming the increase.