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Probation: Wales

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation posts are planned for (a) Dyfed Powys, (b) Gwent, (c) North Wales and (d) South Wales probation areas in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. (273755)

It is not yet possible to predict final figures for 2009-10. As no final decisions have been taken on budgets for subsequent years, it is also not possible to provide accurate staffing projections for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Responsibility for resourcing levels ultimately lies with each probation board or trust as they are the employers of probation staff. It is for them to take the action necessary at a local level to ensure they can deliver the required service within available resources.