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Probation Service

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been allocated to the probation service for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. (106752)

The current resource allocation to the probation service for 2006-07 is £883 million. The resource allocation for 2007-08 is not yet settled; the indicative allocation is £908 million. After allowing for a £7 million technical adjustment relating to the funding of probation service IT, this is an increase of 3.7 per cent.

These allocations are in respect of the local probation boards and the national probation directorate (NPD). Certain expenditure related to the probation service, but managed centrally by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), is not included. Arising from a review of NOMS HQ, the national probation directorate is being incorporated into the NOMS centre and in 2007-08 there will not be a separate NPD budget.