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National Offender Management Service: Manpower

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what change is planned in the full-time equivalent headcount of (a) the National Offender Management Service, (b) the National Probation Service and (c) HM Courts Service by the end of 2009-10. (264665)

The Ministry of Justice is committed to delivering £1 billion of saving by March 2011 and establishing a modern and efficient justice system that delivers the best possible service to our customers and the public.

Budgets for 2009-10 have been agreed. Detailed work force plans for next financial year are being developed across headquarters; by Regional and area directors in HM Courts Service; and by Directors of Offender Management, Governors and Chief Officers of Probation for National Offender Management Service, including the level of estimated exits due to natural wastage. This work has yet to be completed and the Department will continue to consult with trade unions as the plans develop. I will write to the hon. and learned Gentleman with the figures when they are available, which I expect to be by the end of June 2009.