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Probation Service

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total funding allocated for the (a) recruitment and (b) training of probation officers was in each of the last eight years. (79955)

The recruitment and training of probation officers is funded by the Home Office via grants to local probation areas. The recruitment responsibility is delegated to areas therefore there is no information available centrally about the specific amount dedicated to this function.

Figures for the funding of the training programme are available from the time of the creation of the National Probation Directorate in 2001. They are as follows:

Financial year

Amount (£)

2002-03

43,860,860

2003-04

53,373,300

2004-05

56,164,000

2005-06

51,400,000

2006-07

40,365,259