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National Offender Management Service

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what complaints were received by the Chief Executive of the National Offenders Management Service about (a) her and (b) her organisation in October and November. (104755)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost as our correspondence tracking system does not provide this level of detail.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the production of the detailed business case for the National Offender Management Service; what the milestones are for the creation of a detailed business case; when he expects it to be published; and if he will make a statement. (110262)

We published the Strategic Business Case for NOMS reform in October 2005, the publication “Improving Prison and Probation Services: Public Value Partnerships” in August 2006 and a Regulatory Impact Assessment in November 2006 for the provisions of the Offender Management Bill which give the Secretary of State the power to commission probation services from a range of providers. This last will encourage partnership working between the public, private and voluntary sectors to generate new ideas and ensure that the best services are available to reduce reoffending and protect the public. NOMS had been in operation for over two years and is fully committed to delivering these objectives.

Copies of the publication “Improving Prison and Probation Services: Public Value Partnerships” have been placed in the Library of the House.

Copies of the other two documents are not published in glossy form, but can be found at the following web addresses:

Strategic Business Case for NOMS reform:

http://www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk/files/pdf/NOM Spercent20Strategicpercent20Outlinepercent20Businesspercent 20Casepercent20(Octpercent202005)percent20.pdf

Regulatory Impact Assessment for the provisions of the Offender Management Bill:

http://noms.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-publicationsevents/publications/consultations/OM-Bill-RIA