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National Offender Management Service

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in the Interventions and Substance Misuse Group in the National Offender Management Service have previously worked in (a) the Prison Service and (b) the Probation Service. (234146)

Of staff currently in post in the National Offender Management Service's Interventions and Substance Misuse Group:

(a) 123 have previously worked in HM Prison Service;

(b) 18 have previously worked in National Probation Service; and

(c) two have previously worked in both HM Prison Service and the National Probation Service.

The Interventions and Substance Misuse Group was established in June 2008 following the amalgamation of National Drug Programme Delivery Unit, Offending Behaviour Programmes Unit, Interventions and Substance Abuse Unit and subsequently in November 2008, Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorders Unit. It is a NOMS headquarters group, within the Commissioning and Operational Policy Directorate, that leads on the Drug Strategy and oversees the policy and delivery of all interventions, both accredited and non-accredited addressing prisoner need across the seven re-offending pathways.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many former (a) Prison Service and (b) Probation Service staff have a permanent post in the National Offender Management Service; (234149)

(2) how many former (a) Prison Service and (b) Probation Service staff have a seconded position within the National Offender Management Service.

All former Prison Service and National Probation Service staff now form part of the National Offender Management Service Agency. Staff formerly with a permanent contract continue to have a permanent contract and staff formerly on secondment to the Prison Service or National Probation Service continue to be on secondment.

48,333 permanent full-time equivalent staff that moved from the Prison Service (including Prison Service headquarters) and 20,894 full-time equivalent staff moved from the National Probation Service to the National Offender Management Service. Reliable information on the number of staff on secondment into the Prison and National Probation Services is not available and to obtain it would require a collection exercise across many establishments that would incur disproportionate cost.