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Probation

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the principal duties are of probation staff seconded to work in jails in England and Wales. (282381)

Probation staff of varying grades may be seconded to prisons in the public and private sector under service level agreements (SLA) between the governor of each establishment and the chief officer of the local probation area. Each SLA is negotiated and tailored to meet the needs of each establishment.

The duties of seconded probation staff therefore vary according to the SLA and the grade of the officer. However, they typically centre on offender management, including the assessment and management of risk; preparation for release; and the determination of licence conditions. Seconded probation staff may also deliver or manage accredited programmes in the prison.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation staff who have been seconded to prisons in England and Wales have had those secondments cancelled. (282516)

Probation staff working in prisons in the public and private sector are supplied under service level agreements (SLA) between the governor or director of each establishment and the chief officer of the local probation area. Each SLA is negotiated and tailored to meet the needs of each establishment. The requirement for probation staff both in respect of grade and overall number is subject to annual review.

Information on the number of probation officers working in prisons under such arrangements are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many serious offences in each category of offence were committed by offenders on court-order probation supervision in each of the last five years; (282672)

(2) how many serious offences in each category of offence were committed by offenders on post-release probation supervision in each of the last five years.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) holds data on the number of offenders convicted of serious further offences for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08, recorded in accordance with the requirements of probation circulars 8/2006 and 41/2006.

The following table contains a break-down, by type of supervision, of those offenders convicted of serious further offences, who were included in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics (OMCS) 2007 for 2006-07 and 2007-08. NOMS does not hold this information for 2004-05 and 2005-06. I will send the hon. Gentleman the breakdown by supervision type in respect of the 2008-09 figures (and updated figures for 2007-08) after OMCS 2008 has been published on 31 July 2009.

It should be noted that the figures are based on the year in which NOMS was notified that the offender was charged with the serious further offence, not the year in which the offender were subsequently convicted. The table includes the probation caseload figures for 2007 and 2008, for reference.

Offenders convicted of serious further offences, by offence and supervision type, recorded by NOMS PPU in accordance with PC8/2006 and 41/2006 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2008

2006-07

2007-08

Serious further offence conviction

Court orders

Post release

Court orders

Post release

Abduction

1

0

0

0

Aggravated burglary (section 10 of the Theft Act 1968)

2

0

11

9

Aggravated theft

19

12

1

1

Armed robbery

0

0

1

2

Arson (section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971)

18

3

22

6

Assault by penetration (section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

3

5

10

3

Assault of a child under 13 by penetration (section 6 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

3

1

2

1

Attempt to commit murder or a conspiracy to commit murder

8

6

5

3

Burglary with Intent to Inflict grievous bodily harm (section 9 of the Theft Act 1968)

1

0

2

1

Burglary with intent to commit rape (section 9 of the Theft Act 1968)

0

0

0

1

Carrying a firearm with criminal intent (section 18 of the Firearms Act 1968)

0

0

0

0

Causing death by careless driving when under influence of drink or drugs (section 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1988)

1

1

1

0

Causing death by dangerous driving (section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988)

6

5

5

1

Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity (section 10 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

0

0

1

1

Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity (section 8 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

0

0

1

1

False imprisonment

16

5

14

11

Intercourse with girl under thirteen (section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956)

0

0

1

0

Kidnapping

8

9

14

6

Manslaughter

25

4

13

2

Murder

56

18

33

14

Other explosives offences

1

0

0

0

Other offences against the person

2

3

1

0

Other serious child sex offences

5

1

1

0

Other serious violent offence

6

4

7

1

Possession of firearm at time of committing or being arrested for offence specified in schedule 1 to that Act (section 17(2) of the Firearms Act 1968)

0

1

7

2

Possession of firearm with Intent to cause fear of violence (section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968)

0

0

0

1

Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life (section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968)

1

0

5

4

Rape (section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956)

40

14

22

6

Rape (section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

0

4

5

2

Rape of a child under 13 (section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

1

2

5

2

Robbery or assault with intent to rob (section 8 of the Theft Act 1968)

7

5

7

4

Serious firearms offences (SFO)

23

10

7

4

Sexual activity with a child (section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

23

6

16

4

Sexual activity with a child family member (section 25 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

1

0

0

3

Sexual assault (section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

0

0

1

0

Sexual assault of a child under 13 (section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)

.8

4

13

6

Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861)

148

49

120

43

Total serious further offence convictions

433

172

354

145

England and Wales-caseload by supervision type

1148,126

126,110

2149,282

230,270

1 As at 31 March 2007.

2 As at 31 March 2008