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Community Service Scheme (London)

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will set out the following information about the operation of the community service scheme in inner London during 1974: (a) the number of orders completed and the number of offenders involved, (b) the number of orders revoked and the main reasons for revocation, indicating the number of offenders involved, (c) the total number of hours ordered, (d) the hours actually worked (e) the hours cancelled due to revocation of orders, and (f) the hours outstanding at 31st December 1974;(2) If he will list in the

Official Report the main types of work undertaken by offenders under the community service scheme in Inner London during the first two years of its operation;

(3) If he will set out in the Official Report the number of offenders in each of the following age groups against whom community service orders were made by inner London courts during the year ended 31st December 1974: ( a) under 21, ( b) 21 to 25, ( c) 26 to 30, ( d) 31 to 40, and ( e) over 40 years of age.

(4) If he will list the main offences in respect of which community service orders were made by inner London courts during the year ended 31st December 1974;

(5) if he will list in the Official Report the number of community service orders made by each of the various courts in inner London, specifying the numbers of offenders involved, during the year ended 31st December 1974.

This information is as follows:

COMMUNITY SERVICE BY OFFENDERS: INNER LONDON
(1st January 1974–31st December 1974)
Number of community service orders completed231
Number of offenders involved173
Number of orders revoked85
Number of offenders involved60
Reasons for revocation of orders and numbers of offenders involved—
Failure to attend initial interview4
Failure to report for work19
Commission of further offence30
Physical/personal reasons3
Moved from area4
Total hours ordered (this total includes hours ordered to be worked concurrently)46,226
Total hours worked in 1974 (under orders made during 1974 and 1973)24,436
Hours cancelled due to revocation of ordersInformation not available
Hours outstanding at 31st December 1974Information not available
MAIN TYPES OF WORK UNDERTAKEN(1st January 1973–31st December 1974)Adventure playgrounds—

Construction, maintenance, painting, supervision of children and assistance to play-staff.

Church premises—

Gardening, painting and decorating, general assistance.

Community Centres and settlements—

General assistance, building work, decorating, furniture removal.

Bail hostels and after-care hostels—

Decorating, plastering, reconstruction.

Homes for battered wives—

General assistance, gardening, painting, window cleaning.

Homes for unmarried mothers—

Cleaning, decorating.

Various other types of hostels and homes—

General assistance, decorating.

Old people's homes—

General assistance, gardening, hairdressing, painting.

Individual old age pensioners—

Distributing coal, gardening, painting and decorating, repairs.

Psychiatric hospitals—

Construction work, decorating.

Youth clubs—

General assistance, maintenance of equipment, painting.