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Probation: North Yorkshire

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers were employed by North Yorkshire Probation Area on 31 March of each of the last five financial years. (277057)

The following table shows the number of probation officers and probation service officers in post in North Yorkshire probation area on 31 March in each of the last five financial years.

Probation officers1, 2Probation service officers22003-0476402004-0594602005-0687452006-0787572007-0837473 1 Probation officer figures include senior probation officers, senior practitioners and probation officers.2 The fluctuating levels of staff are likely to be as a result of inconsistent classification of roles in the previous method of collecting information and these should be rectified within the HR Data Warehouse.3 The information provided has yet to be published and may therefore be subject to minor amendment upon publication.Notes:1. Figures are shown as full-time equivalents.2. Figures for the year 2008-09 are not yet available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders in North Yorkshire Probation Area were categorised as tier 4 in each of the last five financial years. (277059)

The total number of offenders in North Yorkshire who were categorised as tier 4 as at 31 March in each of the last three years was as follows:

Number

2006

318

2007

336

2008

369

Information on tier 4 was not recorded prior to 1 April 2005.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation staff and (b) trainee probation officers are expected to be made redundant in North Yorkshire Probation Area in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. (277060)

Budget discussions will be taking place between the director of Offender Management and the North Yorkshire Area over the coming months and it is too early to pre-empt the outcome of these discussions. At this stage, no probation posts have been identified as being at risk and no formal notice of redundancy has been issued.

With regards to trainee probation officers, attempts are being made to ensure that all graduating trainees are offered positions at the end of their training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effect of planned job reductions in North Yorkshire Probation Area on the Probation Service's national standards and service delivery. (277061)

The chief officer of North Yorkshire Probation Board is working closely with Steve Wagstaffe the Yorkshire and Humberside director of Offender Management to avoid compulsory redundancies in North Yorkshire in 2009-10.

The chief officer has assured the director of Offender Management for Yorkshire and Humberside that the North Yorkshire Probation Board will maintain national standards and deliver the level of service specified in the service level agreement for 2009-10.