YOUTH PARLIAMENT SET TO DEBATE IN HOUSE OF COMMONS CHAMBER – 2010
Harrison Carter MYP for Sheffield will be joining over 300 young people from across the country to debate in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 29th October. Members of Youth Parliament, will debate issues voted for by 2,500 young people aged 11-18.
The event follows on from a UK Youth Parliament debate in the House of Commons last year. It was the first time anyone other than MPs had used the chamber itself. Earlier this year, MPs voted by a majority of 499 to 21 to allow Members of Youth Parliament to debate in the House of Commons chamber every year for the life of the Parliament.
Harrison Carter MYP for Sheffield, aged 17, commented
“Last year’s event set a precedence for the kind of participation young people should take in politics. This year, continuing with that spirit, the UK Youth Parliament will debate the topical subjects important to young people. The emphasis will be on our message to every young person up and down the nation. Empowering young people, giving the facts, a new generation of politics.”
The five issues being debated are –
1. Job opportunities – Is enough being done to create jobs for young people? Should there be more work experience opportunities for young people in school and college? What with the rise in fees, how can young people fight back?
2. Sex Education – Is it good enough? What age should it be taught? Does sex education lead to the sexualisation of young people? Do young people learn about sex from TV and bad experiences?
3. Transport – Is public transport too expensive for young people? At what age should you be charged an adult fare?
4. University – Is the fee rise too high? Is it even worth going to university? Should there be more places created for those who want to go?
5. War – Is war ever justified? What role should young people participate in conflicts?
The UK Youth Parliament is now calling for young people across the country to submit views on the debate topics, via the UK Youth Parliament websitewww.ukyouthparliament.org.uk