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Prison And Probation Services

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure integration and co-operation between the Prison Service and the probation service. [15808]

As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced in July, I am leading the work of a review into the efficiency and effectiveness of the ways in which the two services work together. There is no predetermined outcome to the review. We shall be considering options for improving their performance next year with a view to consulting widely about the future of both services in due course.