The Government's Approach to Crime Prevention

New Inquiry

The Home Affairs Committee is today announcing a new inquiry into crime prevention.  The Committee will examine the Government’s approach to crime prevention using as a framework its strategy Cutting Crime: a new partnership 2008-11. In particular the inquiry will focus on:

  • Measures to prevent youth criminality;
  • Measures to design out crime;
  • Measures to reduce re-offending;
  • Measures to maximise partnership working at a local and national level;
  • The role of the different public sector partners in crime prevention;
  • The role of the third sector in crime prevention; and
  • The role of business in crime prevention.

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,500 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Friday 8th January 2010. Further advice on making a submission can be found below. 

Oral evidence sessions will be held on Tuesdays in January and February: further announcements will be made in due course.

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman said:

“Effective crime prevention strategies are at the heart of combating property crime, violence, criminality, drugs and the fear of crime. This inquiry will highlight the work being done in communities throughout the UK by public sector bodies and the third sector. We found examples of inspiring work being carried out to prevent crime, particularly among young people, during our Knife Crime inquiry. This inquiry is an opportunity to explore the innovative and effective methods which lessen and destroy the impact of crime as well as identifying areas where the Government can improve. The benefits of preventing crime are obvious but this area of policy should not be overlooked.”


Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format-not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The remit of the Home Affairs Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies. 

Session 2009-10, No.11
9 December 2009