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Probation

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many directors of offender management there have been in each month since their inception of the post. (279891)

The first six directors of Offender Management took up their posts on 30 March 2009. An interim director also took up post on this date. The remaining three directors of Offender Management took up their posts during April. All 10 directors have been in post since 27 April 2009.

To assist in the design and development of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) agency, Wales and the London region piloted an integrated management structure during the 2008-09 financial year. The two managers who led these pilots were called directors of Offender Management and held these posts from 1 April 2008 to 27 March 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many probation offices there were in each year since 1997; (279892)

(2) how many probation offices are open.

Information on the number of probation offices there were in each year since 1997 is not held or recorded centrally. The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost as it would require approaching 42 probation trusts and areas across England and Wales.

Current central estates records show there are 1,049 occupied probation properties, of which 95 are Approved Premises.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the caseload was of the Probation Service in (a) London and (b) England and Wales on the latest date for which information is available. (280183)

The total case load of offenders supervised by the probation service in London and England and Wales as at 31 December 2008 was as follows:

All probation service supervision at 31 December 2008

£

London

43,811

England and Wales

243,434

These figures are provisional and were published on 30 April 2009 in the Ministry of Justice statistics bulletin probation statistics quarterly brief October to December 2008, England and Wales. Copies can be found in the

Libraries of the House and may be accessed via the Ministry of Justice website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/probation quarterly.htm

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.