§ Mr. Butcher
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in the light of increasing vandalism in schools, he will consider introducing legislation to make parents liable at law for any damage or destruction inflicted on school premises by their children.
§ Dr. Boyson
My right hon. Friend has no plans to introduce legislation on these lines. In the case of a juvenile charged with a criminal offence, a court can already order the parents to pay fines and compensation, and this provision is being stengthened in the Criminal Justice Bill.