§ Mr. John Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she has any plans to develop Red Bank secure unit for young offenders in Newton Le Willow; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
I understand that negotiations are under way about a proposal for St. Helens metropolitan borough council to take over from Lancashire county council as the controlling authority for Red Bank community home. Any plans for the development of the community home —including the secure accommodation—will be a matter for the controlling authority and the trustees of the home.
Later this year, the Government will be announcing plans for the secure accommodation needed nationally to meet its obligations under the Criminal Justice Act 1991 to abolish juvenile remands. It is too early to say whether or not Red Bank will be affected.