Minister for Education 1.6.02


Extra Money for Education


Alison Halford:

When did the Minister announce an extra £293 million for education? (WAQ18200)

Jane Davidson:

The £293 million for schools capital programmes for the period 2001-02 to 2003-04 was contained in the National Assembly for Wales’s final budget for 2001-02 to 2003-04, which was laid on 29 November 2000 and approved in Plenary on 7 December 2000.Youth Crime in North Wales
Alison Halford: What action is the Minister taking to reduce youth crime in north Wales? (WAQ17213) Transferred for answer by the Minister for Health and Social Services
The Minister for Health and Social Services (Jane Hutt): Criminal justice is not a matter devolved to the Assembly. The primary responsibility for tackling youth crime rests with the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.
Multi-agency youth offending teams are now the main means by which youth crime is tackled. Each youth offending team, including the four in north Wales, is required to produce and implement an annual plan. A key performance measure for every youth offending team is the need to reduce offending by young people. To assist in this important work the Welsh Assembly Government provides grant aid (currently £133,000 per year) to NACRO Cymru to provide advice and support to youth offending teams.
An all-Wales youth offending strategy group has been established this year to consider how to further integrate the work of the Assembly Government, the Youth Justice Board and all the local partner agencies in this important area of work. I chair this group jointly with Lord Warner, chairman of the Youth Justice Board.

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