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Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of resources to the Probation Service in relation to its caseload. (178765)

Funding is allocated to local probation boards using a formula based on statistical data including population and sentencing.

Probation boards are responsible for managing their workload in accordance with Service Level Agreements which are established in negotiation with the regional offender manager. It is the responsibility of the board to deploy resources effectively in order to meet objectives and targets.