Lords debates increase in violent crime

30 November 2018

Members of the Lords, including the former chair of community development charity Crime Concern and the former director of the Young People's Programme at the Health Education Council, debated the recent increase in violent crime and the case for a cross-Governmental response that includes not only policing, law enforcement and policies on gangs and drugs but also health services, youth provision and opportunities for young people, in the House of Lords on Thursday 29 November.

This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

The debate was proposed by Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour), former chair of the Independent Reference Group at the National Crime Agency.

Members who took part included:

  • Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat), chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Victims of Crime
  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick (Crossbench), former chair community development charity Crime Concern
  • Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour), former director of the Young People's Programme at the Health Education Council
  • Lord Wasserman (Conservative), chair of the Basketball Foundation, sports charity for community well-being and social inclusion

Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative), minister of state in the Home Office, responded on behalf of the government.

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