Session 2008-09, 19 February 2009

Oral Evidence

Knife Crime

The Home Affairs Committee will hold the fifth evidence session of its inquiry into Knife Crime on Tuesday 24 February 2009.

At 11.15 am

€ Frances Crook, Director, Howard League for Penal Reform

At 11.45 am

€ Shaun Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, MyGeneration

At 12.15 pm

€ Richard Taylor, Founder, Damilola Taylor Trust

€ Mike Jervis, Chief Executive, Damilola Taylor Trust

Location: Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, made the following statement:

"We will be asking witnesses about motivations for weapon-carrying and the implications for different approaches to prevention. The Howard League for Penal Reform has recently published the results of interviews carried out in Feltham Youth Offending Institute and Pupil Referral Units to explore why young people carry knives. Shaun Bailey has worked with young people in deprived communities for many years. Finally, we are pleased to have an early opportunity to hear from Richard Taylor in his new role as special envoy to the Prime Minister on youth violence and knife crime."