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Probation Service

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated to training and development for those working in the probation service for (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09. (112991)

Home Office funds directly allocated for probation training and development in the period 2006-07 stand at £42,039,806. Probation areas across England and Wales also allocate additional funds for training from local budgets. The Home Office does not currently monitor this funding and so precise figures are not available.

Predictions for the financial year 2007-08 and are still being collated and will be available when budget delegation letters are issued later this year. No information is yet available for the financial year 2008-09, however there is a clear policy commitment to the continuing provision of training and development for those working within the probation service.