Curfews could be imposed for teenagers in troublespots in a bid to curb knife crime.
Ministers believe sweeping under 16s off the streets after 9pm would help tackle the rising toll of stabbings and knife-point muggings among young people.
MPs on the Commons' influential home affairs committee will this week say a national curfew could reduce violent and anti-social behaviour.
But ministers have rejected this idea. Instead, they will concentrate on trialling it in eight knife 'hotspots' across England.
And the punchline?
most knife attacks are committed by people over 16
What a plan!