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Youth Justice Board

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Youth Justice Board has decided not to extend the contract with Gladstone House Secure Care Home in Liverpool. (167055)

I have been asked to reply.

The Youth Justice Board currently contracts with Liverpool county council for the provision of 16 places at Gladstone House secure children’s home. The contract expires on 31 March 2008. Liverpool county council approached the board in September with a request that the contract be extended, at increased prices, and that the board should contract for two extra places. The council’s proposal would have involved the board in expenditure of an additional £1 million a year and been at a higher rate than other secure provision in the North West. After careful consideration the Youth Justice Board decided that this would not be the most efficient and effective use of its resources.