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Probation: Staffordshire

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 in the Staffordshire probation area on 31 March in each of the last five financial years. (276981)

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

Probation officers1

Probation service officers

2003-04

146

81

2004-05

153

91

2005-06

155

87

2006-07

173

92

2007-082

159

92

1 Probation officer figures include senior probation officers, senior practitioners and probation officers.

2 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 what assessment he has made of the effect of changes of staffing levels in Staffordshire probation area on (a) observance of national probation standards and (b) levels of service delivery. (276986)

The chief officer of Staffordshire Probation Board is working closely with Gill Mortlock the West Midlands director of Offender Management to ensure staffing levels are sufficient to maintain national standards in Staffordshire in 2009-10.

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