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Probation: Wales

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 South Wales Probation Area on 31 March in each of the last five financial years. (277300)

The following table shows the numbers of probation officers and probation service officers in post in the South Wales Probation Area on 31 March in each of the last five financial years:

Probation officers1

Probation service officers

2003-04

172

138

2004-05

192

160

2005-06

206

169

2006-07

211

162

2007-082

228

178

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.

Note:

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 the (a) community and (b) custody caseload of South Wales Probation Area on 31 March was in each of the last five financial years. (277301)

The total community and pre-release custodial offender case load for South Wales as at 31 March in each of the last five years was as follows:

Supervised in community

Supervised in custody

2004

4,355

1,513

2005

4,830

1,590

2006

4,974

1,516

2007

4,800

1,572

2008

5,119

1,711

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 cases were referred to Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels in South Wales Probation Area in each of the last five financial years. (277302)

The following table shows the total number of multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) eligible offenders living in the community in South Wales probation area. The table also shows the number of eligible offenders who were managed at the higher MAPPA levels and who were considered by multi-agency public protection panels. Cases are referred to level 2 where the involvement of several agencies will be required to implement or monitor the risk management plan and to level 3 where more senior oversight is additionally required. These data are taken from South Wales MAPPA Annual Reports.

South Wales

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total MAPPA eligible offenders

1,054

1,325

1,152

1,172

1,395

Level 2

1

575

607

673

491

Level 3

65

51

100

68

88

1 Not collected.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders in the South Wales Probation Area were categorised as tier 4 in each of the last five financial years. (277303)

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

Number

2006

1,139

2007

1,152

2008

1,142

Information on tier 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.