HL Deb 16 December 2004 vol 667 c101WA
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How, with reference to the Northern Ireland Office consultative document, making it r wrld 2—Consultation on a Draft Strategy for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland, published by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, consultations were carried out with children "As young as three years old". [HL322]

Baroness Amos

Officials in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister engaged the NIPPA—the early years organisation—to organise a tailored consultation event for pre-school children on 27 November 2002 as part of the research of issues to be included in the draft strategy. Activities were designed to draw out information on specific issues that affect this group. The output produced by the children was interpreted by early years professionals in NIPPA and included as a consultation response. A figure depicting some of the issues that they raised is illustrated on page 19 of the draft strategy, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House.