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House of Commons Hansard
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06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) central departmental and (b) central National Offender Management Service staff were responsible for the Probation Service in each of the last 10 years. [117780]

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Staffing numbers are detailed in the following table.

The creation of NOMS in May 2005 has seen a gradual shift in direct probation support from the National Probation Directorate to NOMS HQ. However, although staff working in NOMS HQ deal with the probation service, it is not possible to provide a fully accurate split of responsibilities without incurring disproportionate costs, so no NOMS HQ staff are included in the totals.

Figures for Home Office Core Staff1

Year2

Probation Unit

National Probation Directorate

Total

1997

50

50

1998

53

53

1999

54

54

2000

65

65

2001

84

84

2002

122

122

2003

200

200

2004

197

197

2005

210

210

20063

133

133

20073

131

131

1 Headcount figures as FTE data are not available historically from the personnel archive. 2 Data as at 3 June annually, except for 2007 (as at 31 January 2007). 3 Excludes any staff in NOMS HQ who may be working on probation issues, since attempting to split out the probation element of their work would involve disproportionate costs.