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Probation: Finance

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the speedy recall processes to be introduced in the London Probation Service will be funded. (280503)

London Probation is already required to complete and submit recall breach reports within the national target of 24 hours. The intention is that existing processes will be improved to ensure compliance with the target and that this work will be undertaken within existing resources. London Probation is committed to working closely with its partner agencies, the Metropolitan police and the National Offender Management Service Public Protection Casework Section, to improve the efficiency of the recall process from the initiating of recall by London Probation through to the arrest by the police. This work is being monitored by the London Criminal Justice Board and the London Director of Offender Management.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was for each probation area in each year since 1997. (280784)

The resource budget allocations to individual probation areas from 2001-02 are given in the table. Prior to 2001-02 probation services were delivered through local probation committees which were partly funded by local authorities and were organised on a slightly different basis.

The budget figures shown for 2009-10 may be subject to further change.

Since 2001-02 there have been changes to the budget allocation methodology, plus machinery of government changes and accounting methodology changes that make it difficult to compare figures over a long period.

Probation areas end-year budgets—at 16 June2009

£000

Revenue

Areas

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

2002-03

2001-02

Avon and Somerset

20,300

20,727

20,661

19,771

18,273

16,851

15,612

14,891

15,856

Bedfordshire

9,556

9,571

8,863

8,499

8,180

7,182

6,517

6,196

5,526

Cambridgeshire

10,092

10,341

9,727

9,273

8,895

7,375

6,835

6,168

6,365

Cheshire

15,133

15,571

14,715

15,688

15,393

13,427

11,692

10,012

8,984

Cumbria

8,626

8,376

8,217

7,897

7,466

6,241

6,279

5,710

5,288

Derbyshire

14,042

15,168

13,490

12,891

12,166

11,088

10,335

9,516

8,534

Devon and Cornwall

20,306

21,037

20,225

19,638

18,184

15,646

15,667

13,967

12,740

Dorset

9,067

9,408

8,522

8,277

7,989

7,338

7,307

6,876

5,761

Durham

10,615

11,148

10,720

10,245

9,513

8,697

7,820

7,431

5,975

Essex

19,325

20,319

19,977

18,922

17,839

16,220

14,849

14,502

13,700

Gloucestershire

7,677

7,858

7,379

6,959

6,524

5,975

5,874

5,102

4,943

Hampshire

24,868

25,614

24,338

23,057

21,872

20,026

18,427

18,079

13,841

Hertfordshire

11,468

11,750

11,265

10,569

9,618

8,691

8,409

8,654

7,034

Humberside

17,377

18,380

17,187

16,130

14,964

13,010

12,422

11,090

9,414

Kent

21,449

21,798

20,993

20,340

19,052

16,760

16,322

15,116

13,673

Lancashire

24,516

24,406

22,979

21,394

20,251

18,837

18,600

16,859

14,307

Leicestershire

15,237

15,668

14,402

13,805

13,071

11,778

11,086

9,911

8,774

Lincolnshire

9,436

9,794

9,292

9,038

8,446

7,469

7,134

6,127

5,606

Norfolk

11,582

11,980

11,168

10,608

10,205

8,477

7,927

7,171

6,543

Northamptonshire

9,389

9,673

9,116

8,816

8,149

7,158

6,920

6,018

5,131

North Yorkshire

9,827

10,350

10,236

9,478

8,998

7,937

7,486

6,877

5,701

Nottinghamshire

19,303

19,686

19,057

18,117

17,190

14,861

14,232

13,220

11,658

Staffordshire

16,885

17,260

16,393

15,913

14,361

12,319

11,769

10,930

9,586

Suffolk

10,018

10,243

9,643

9,445

8,771

7,583

7,361

6,889

6,268

Surrey

10,249

10,953

10,396

10,081

9,421

7,779

7,784

7,523

6,881

Sussex

18,074

18,388

17,373

16,991

15,677

14,033

12,789

11,367

10,396

Teesside

13,408

13,715

13,606

13,052

12,178

10,954

10,613

9,523

9,805

Thames Valley

25,776

26,614

25,405

24,373

23,421

20,795

19,787

18,463

20,831

Warwickshire

7,177

7,538

6,937

6,743

6,492

5,698

5,452

4,749

4,368

West Mercia

15,217

15,692

15,445

13,642

13,197

11,774

11,188

10,057

9,251

Wiltshire

8,064

8,214

7,874

7,720

7,224

5,964

5,510

4,874

4,606

Greater Manchester

51,577

52,798

48,309

47,532

45,645

40,985

38,521

34,479

31,731

Merseyside

31,729

32,756

29,263

28,820

28,643

25,798

24,621

22,410

23,062

Northumbria

29,109

29,801

27,646

26,964

26,005

22,999

22,113

18,459

16,641

South Yorkshire

24,977

25,511

24,282

24,058

23,041

20,858

20,381

18,191

16,153

West Midlands

56,913

59,331

55,055

53,377

50,140

44,076

41,932

38,581

37,865

West Yorkshire

41,080

42,982

40,036

38,193

36,226

33,366

30,986

28,062

26,931

London

150,384

153,617

143,404

137,416

132,637

107,888

110,390

106,612

94,328

Dyfed Powys

8,417

8,960

8,295

8,058

7,541

6,478

5,784

5,162

4,579

Gwent

11,172

11,404

11,252

10,930

10,018

8,938

8,029

7,197

5,215

North Wales

12,244

12,530

11,786

11,696

11,027

10,067

9,044

8,223

6,774

South Wales

24,624

25,566

25,226

24,402

23,098

20,917

19,328

18,104

17,062

Total

886,285

912,496

860,172

828,817

786,995

690,312

661,130

609,348

557,686