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National Offender Management Information System

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the non-roll-out of C-NOMIS to the Probation Service will affect (a) shared information in real time, (b) risk management, (c) managed sentencing and rehabilitation and (d) efficiency. (182113)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) Information will not be shared in real-time. However, the proposed data sharing system will update key offender information from HMPS and NFS systems on a daily basis and information will be a maximum of 24 hours out of date. In addition, OASys will also provide, for the first time, a single national database of offenders who fall within the agreed scope of offender management.

(b) As now, risk management of offenders is managed through the OASys and e-OASys systems in HMPS and NFS and is not affected by the constrained implementation of C-NOMIS to HMPS only.

(c) Managed sentencing and rehabilitation "across the gate" will continue to be done through the agreed offender management processes, which will be supported by the projects in the NOMIS programme.

(d) There will be efficiencies for probation from the projects in the NOMIS programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many estimated individual offender records relating to offenders held or under supervision by the National Offender Management Service will be on the C-NOMIS system in each of the next 10 years. (182116)

As a result of the changes in the newly revised and deliverable NOMIS programme, which will see the C-NOMIS continuing to be rolled out into public prisons but not probation areas, the estimated number of individual offender records to be held on C-NOMIS is currently under review. However, officials are committed to ensuring that there will always be sufficient capacity in C-NOMIS to ensure the successful running of the system.