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Probation Boards

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what percentage of probation board members are black and minority ethnic; (275383)

(2) what remuneration the (a) Chair and (b) members of probation board and trusts receive.

There are 370 board members in the 42 probation boards/trusts in England and Wales, of whom 11.35 per cent. are from a BME background.

The remuneration for probation board/trust chairs is largely dependent on the population band of the area they cover, with probation/trust chairs being paid between £15,400 and £27,500 and committing up to two days a week. Board/trust members are paid an hourly rate of £15.40 with a commitment of up to five days a month.

The following table lists the current salaries of chairs of all probation areas/trusts for England and Wales.

Probation areas

Salary (£)



Merseyside, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, West Yorkshire


Avon and Somerset, Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall, Essex, Hampshire, Humberside, Kent, Lancashire, Northumbria, Nottinghamshire, South Wales, South Yorkshire, Sussex and Thames Valley


Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, County Durham, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Dorset, Dyfed and Powys, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North Wales, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire