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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Saudi Arabia

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2011, Official Report, column 1376W, on visits abroad: Saudi Arabia, what official meetings or functions the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State attended; and what the (a) purpose and (b) outcome was of each. [66528]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Lord Marland met a variety of British businesses during a dinner on his arrival on 29 May 2011. The next day he attended the International Energy Forum where he met Noe Van Hulst, Secretary General. Later he met Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, Dr Waleed Abulfaraj, VP, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) and Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Assistant Minister for Petroleum Affairs. Finally, he visited King Saud University and met the President, Dr Abdullah al Othman.

The purpose of the meetings was to strengthen the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia on energy, commercial and other bilateral issues. This included reinforcing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Gulf Initiative, discussing oil and gas issues and exploring opportunities for the British and Saudi governments to support the private sector in driving sustainable and mutually beneficial growth.

The outcome of the meetings was a strengthened producer-consumer dialogue on a wide range of energy issues, including oil and gas market evolution and nuclear

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projects. He opened talks on potential major commercial deals, and reported back to the Government on new commercial opportunities. He was also able to inform major Gulf investors about key UK inward investment opportunities which have laid essential groundwork for his future follow-up visit with a trade and investment delegation in his capacity as chairman of the ambassadors' network.


Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution: Health Services

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice why there has been a reduction in the budget cut of the medical services at Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution. [67597]

Paul Burstow: I have been asked to reply.

The 2010-11 health care budget at Her Majesty’s Prison Young Offenders Institute Lancaster Farms (HMP YOI Lancaster Farms) was reduced by £562,000. This represents a 29% reduction in the health care budget issued to HMP YOI Lancaster Farms and directly correlates to the removal of 130 places for people under the age of 18 by the Youth Justice Board (YJB).

The YJB’s decision to remove 130 places, and the funding adjustment itself, reflect the current absence of young people under 18 being held at HMP YOI Lancaster Farms. The Department and NHS North Lancashire are confident that appropriate services are deliverable within the confines of revised funding.