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Probation Service for England and Wales: Finance

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budgetary reductions there will be for the Probation Service in England and Wales in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. (280185)

A budget reduction of £20 million has been applied to the national probation service in 2009-10. No final decisions have been taken regarding the budget allocation for 2010-11.

We have set challenging efficiency targets for probation areas who want to become trusts, but in doing so we have always been clear that the priority is public protection and this will not be compromised.

In 2009-10, probation is required to make savings of £20 million out of a budget of £914 million, which was 2.2 per cent. In 2008-09, provisional figures show that probation areas underspent by £17 million, which demonstrates that the savings are completely realistic.