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6 Dec 2007 : Column WA222

Young Offenders: Juvenile Justice Centre, Bangor

Baroness Harris of Richmond asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: A recent independent review of education services within the Juvenile Justice Centre in Bangor, commissioned by the Youth Justice Agency, has recommended that education provision for young people in custody should continue to be provided by the Youth Justice Agency, but that closer links should be forged with the Department of Education to inform future provision.

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland (Paul Goggins) raised this issue with the NI Education Minister during a recent meeting to discuss wider responsibility for the provision of education services to young offenders in the youth justice system.

It was agreed that further discussions would take place with a view to agreeing responsibilities and the parameters of such services.

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