Session 2007-08, 11 November 2008

Oral Evidence

Knife crime

Home Affairs Select Committee holds seminar on "knife crime in London"

The Home Affairs Committee will launch its major inquiry into knife crime at the King George's Conference Centre at the South London YMCA on Monday 17 November at 10.30am with a seminar focusing on knife crime in London.

Speakers€”including Kit Malthouse, London Deputy Mayor for Policing, Simon Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, Commander Mark Simmons of the Metropolitan Police and Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency€”will highlight the major issues for the Committee to explore during its inquiry.

Young people involved with the Prince's Trust will share their personal experiences of knives, and Committee Members will engage a diverse audience representing community organisations, the criminal justice system, church leaders, academics and journalists in debate.

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said:

"So far this year 28 teenagers have died violently in London, 22 of whom were killed with a knife. This is an incredibly important issue that deserves in-depth and cross-party attention and this inquiry will aim to achieve this. We will be talking to the people most affected by knife crime, the victims and perpetrators to try to discover why we have such a big problem with knife crime and what we can do to solve it."

"We will also be hearing from the Deputy Mayor following the recent announcement that the Mayor has made on tackling knife crime in the capital."

Details of this inquiry were set out in a press notice issued on 15 July 2008.