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Community Service Orders

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of attendance by people serving community service orders.

The responsibility for arranging work for offenders ordered to perform community service rests with probation committees. Subject to the statutory requirement that the hours of work specified in a community service order should be completed within 12 months, the arrangements for attendance of individual offenders are matters for probation committees. In 1983, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the average time taken by offenders to complete their specified hours of work was 6ยท9 months.