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National Offender Management Service: Expenditure

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the outturn expenditure on (a) the National Offender Management Service Head Office and (b) the Probation Service was in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09. (282855)

The information requested is set out as follows:

Financial year 2007-08

National Offender Management Service headquarters

The Resource outturn expenditure for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) headquarters in 2007-08 as published in the Ministry of Justice Resource Accounts was £1,114 million.

Although the expenditure heading in the published accounts is called NOMS headquarters, the £1,114 million expenditure does not solely represent the administration costs of running NOMS headquarters. The figures in the following table show that the majority of the expenditure related to centrally managed front line services, including electronic monitoring, prisoner escort services and prison and probation property. Other services at the centre of NOMS such as the prison and probation ombudsman, HM Inspector of Prisons and Public Protection are directly related to front line services.

NOMS headquarters expenditure for 2007-08

£ million

Administration costs

76

Prison and probation property, estates and capacity planning

557

Electronic monitoring

84

Prisoner escort services (including Operation Safeguard)

212

Other programme expenditure

185

Total resource expenditure

1,114

The administration costs of running NOMS headquarters in 2007-08 were £76 million; or £151 million if HM Prison Service's administration costs are included. This is 1.6 per cent. or 3.2 per cent. respectively of the total NOMS resource expenditure.

The £557 million expenditure on prison and probation property, estates and capacity planning relates to costs associated with the custodial and probation estate including: capital charges; estate management including major maintenance; and, where applicable, rent, rates, insurance and utilities.

The Probation Service

The resource outturn expenditure for the Probation Service in 2007-08 was £845 million as published in the National Probation Service Consolidated Accounts 2007-08.

Financial Year 2008-09

The information cannot be provided because the National Offender Management Service Agency Resource Accounts for 2008-09, and the National Probation Service Consolidated Accounts for 2008-09, have not yet been finalised and audited by the National Audit Office prior to their sign-off by the agency's director general.