Examination of Witness (Question Numbers
24 MARCH 2009
Q520 Chairman: Prior to you giving
evidence and before you came into the room we had evidence from
Professor Browne who talked to us about the effect of violent
video games on the knife crime culture. Do you have any thoughts
Chris Grayling: It is one of those
issues where for the vast majority of kids I think it is not a
problem because most kids have a sense of proportion. I am worried
about some aspects of some games. I think one or two games for
example that glorify rape are utterly unacceptable. The truth
is that young boys in particular have played with soldiers or
waved guns at each other or whatever for generations and what
you are seeing in many computer games today is merely an extension
of that in a slightly more life-like form. I do not think for
the vast majority of kids it is going to turn them into something
that is bad. I do think that we have to be watchful and that those
who license the games, and parents in particularit is down
to parents as well to work if there is a problemneed to
be watchful; there are aspects of those games, like the glorification
of rape, which are unacceptable.
Q521 Chairman: Based on your evidence
today, if we were seeking a title for a report from yourself as
the Shadow Home Secretary, it would be called Early Intervention.
Is that your message?
Chris Grayling: Yes, absolutely,
and I think we have to stop young people in particular getting
involved in more serious crime, whatever they do, and that is
the best way of combating knife crime. Deal with it when it happens
but let us try to prevent it if we can.
Chairman: Mr Grayling, thank you very
much for giving evidence to us today. I am sure we will meet you