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Probation Boards

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

23. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his proposal to change the composition of probation boards. (95441)

We are giving probation boards increased autonomy, by changing the composition of probation boards through the amendment of the relevant statutory instrument, and loosening ties with the centre. We are removing the prescription that boards must have four magistrate and two local authority members thus allowing more local discretion on the composition of boards and allowing them to more closely meet local circumstances and needs.