26.4.02

Minister for Education 26.4.02

Youth Issues

Alison Halford:

What is the Minister doing to deal with youth issues such as those faced by thousands of Welsh young people when they leave home and begin to live independently of their families? (WAQ17132)

The Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning (Jane Davidson):

The issues facing young people

Minister for Education 26.4.02

Youth Issues

Alison Halford:

What is the Minister doing to deal with youth issues such as those faced by thousands of Welsh young people when they leave home and begin to live independently of their families? (WAQ17132)

The Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning (Jane Davidson):

The issues facing young people when they leave home and begin to live independently are many, varied and complex. Some of these issues, such as finding somewhere to live, keeping in good health, and feeling safe in their new communities, are the direct responsibility of Cabinet colleagues. Others, such as adequate and appropriate welfare benefits, come under Whitehall Government departments. More often than not, these issues impact upon each other and require genuine and innovative cross-cutting approaches. The important thing is that we ensure that we give all young people in Wales the very best opportunities to make the most of their lives.

On my part, a real example of our determination to see effective cross-cutting in action is ‘Extending Entitlement’, which, for the first time, will bring together key planners and deliverers, in each local authority area, to ensure a coherent, rounded and universal approach to services to young people in Wales.’Extending Entitlement’ recognises that good, reliable information is vital. This is why we are actively supporting the development of Canllaw Online, which offers literally thousands of items of essential information that empower young people to make the best life choices.Copies of ‘Extending Entitlement’ and Canllaw Online’s information pack are available from the Members’ Library.

Commercially Confidential Information

Alison Halford:

How many departmental documents have been classed as ‘commercially confidential’ since the Minister became

Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning? (WAQ17212)Jane Davidson:

The number of documents classified as commercially confidential within my department is not collected centrally and could be determined only at disproportionate cost. Any documents so classified, and I suspect that there would be relatively few, would be in relation to specific contracts, for example, tendering documents.

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