HC Deb 13 March 1997 vol 292 cc307-8W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the need for a secure training school for girls; what facilities are currently available for girls requiring escape-proof custody; and if he will make a statement about his capital expenditure priorities in relation to such offenders. [19926]

Sir John Wheeler

There are currently no girls under the age of 17 held at Maghaberry young offenders centre. A review of training school accommodation, including secure accommodation for girls, is being undertaken in light of the proposal for a draft Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order, which was issued for consultation in February this year.