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National Offender Management Service: Finance

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of each major area of expenditure of the National Offender Management Service is for 2009-10. (290320)

The budget of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) for 2009-10 by major area of expenditure as published in the 2009 Main Estimates, is shown in the following table:

2009-10 Departmental expenditure limits

(£ million)

NOMS HQ

332.6

NOMS Operations

3,477.9

National Probation Boards Grant in aid (includes £3 million capital)

783.4

Total

4,593.9

Since the creation of the new NOMS agency in 2008, there is no longer a natural separation of budgets and expenditure between HQ and other services and the methodology used for the above classification has proved difficult to maintain. It is intended to propose an amendment to this classification in a Supplementary Estimate to make “HQ” synonymous with the “Administration” classification also used in the Estimates. Taking into account this proposed amendment, the NOMS resource budget can be broken down over the following more detailed headings:

(£ million)

NOMS HQ

124

Public prisons

1,980

Private prisons

284

Probation (Boards and Trusts)

898

Prisoner Escort Services (PECS)

162

Electronic monitoring

92

Capacity Directorate (Major maintenance, property costs and increasing prison capacity)

662

Other programme spend supporting Operational Delivery

389

Total

4,591

There is no current breakdown of the NOMS budget for 2010-11 as decisions have not been made on allocation of 2010-11 budgets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for the National Offender Management Service headquarters is for 2010-11. (290324)

The allocation of the 2010-11 resource budget for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is not yet finalised. The Main Estimates, which will provide the funding for the three funding streams of NOMS HQ, Operations and Probation boards, are expected to be laid before Parliament in the spring of 2010.