§ Mr. Thurnham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further proposals he has for seeking to combat crime.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We shall continue to combat crime by a range of measures to promote the involvement of the community in crime prevention, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system and to increase the resources available to the police. The Home Office standing conference on crime prevention has recently established working groups to consider juvenile crime, publicity on child abuse, and young people and alcohol. Demonstration projects to tackle the problem of alcohol-related crime in city centres are being set up. The Criminal Justice Bill includes measures to strengthen investigatory powers in major fraud cases and to increase the powers of the courts to confiscate the proceeds of crime. Further details of the Government's strategy may be found in the revised edition of "Criminal Justice: A Working Paper", a copy of which is in the Library.