LEGISLATORS yesterday urged the Government to take measures to stop young people killing themselves. Members unanimously supported a motion moved by Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong member Cheung Hon-chung. Claiming that the number of young people committing suicide had risen in recent years, Mr Cheung said more money should be spent on reviewing youth services and related policies. He said he was shocked to learn that some of the youngsters who killed themselves were only 10 or 11 and others were as young as five. He said the Youth Charter created by the Government had done nothing to help. The alliance suggested the Government decrease the ratio between school social workers and students. Mr Cheung said the existing curriculum put too much pressure on students. New lessons should be introduced to teach students the value of life. The Government was also urged to take action to improve communication between schools and parents. Democratic Party member Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the Government should spend more money on publicising and encouraging parents to use the Home School Co-operation Committees. Mr Cheung said it would be helpful if parents held positive values about life. Colleague Dr John Tse Wing-ling accused the Government of playing a role which amounted to nothing more than shouting slogans, saying policies on youth services were piecemeal. He recommended a resources centre should be set up to co-ordinate policy implementation. Liberal Party member Miriam Lau Kin-yee supported the suggestion, saying prompt action was needed. While expressing government concern about the problem, Secretary for Health and Welfare Katherine Fok Lo Shiu-ching denied that the number of young people committing suicide had increased over the past few years. She said there had been 38 cases in 1992, 28 in 1993, 37 in 1994 and in the year to now 26. The Government had reached its target of maintaining the ratio between students and school social workers at 2,000 to one. Mrs Fok added that more money would be allocated to improve the ratio.