§ Mr. Bright
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the fact that offences against the person recorded in Bedfordshire in 1979 were almost 270 per cent. higher than the figures for 1969, he will bring forward measures to check this increase in crime.150W
§ Mr. Brittan
The Government have already taken the first step to combat the increase in crime, within which the incidence of violent offences is a disturbing feature, by implementing in full the Edmund-Davies recommendations on police pay. The experiment with a more vigorous regime in selected detention centres will begin on, or soon after, 21 April and we hope to announce in the summer our proposals for strengthening the powers of the courts in relation to juvenile and young adult offenders.