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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of administering offending behaviour programmes was (a) in prison and (b) on probation in each of the last five years, broken down by type of programme. (243288)

Funding for the delivery of accredited offending behaviour programmes in custody is built into prison baselines and it is not possible accurately to disaggregate the cost of this work. The National Offender Management Service is currently undertaking a specifications, benchmarking and costings exercise which will provide accurate costings of the interventions delivered.

The additional funding allocated for accredited drug rehabilitation programmes is given in the following table:

Drug rehabilitation programmes

£ million

2004-05

13.8

2005-06

19.4

2006-07

19.4

2007-08

19.4

2008-09

19.4

Probation Boards fund the cost of providing programmes for offenders in the community through their main grant. Data are available only on the allocation of funds to deliver programmes to offenders under probation supervision which is set out in the following table:

£ million

2005-06

77

2006-07

85

2007-08

86.5

There is no information relating to expenditure for years leading up to 2005.