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Probation Officers

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers in each probation service area have been qualified for more than three years. (290288)

It is not possible to say how long each probation officer has been qualified as this information is not collected centrally and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the average offender caseload a probation officer supervises; and what is the maximum number of offenders an officer may supervise. (290335)

Figures for 31 December 2008 show that the average caseload per probation officer across the 42 probation areas in England and Wales ranged from 18 to 54 cases. There is no specified maximum number of offenders that an officer may supervise.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the number of probation officers there are per head of population in each probation service area. (291653)

The information requested is not collated centrally and could be provided only by contacting each probation area at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of probation officers to offenders was in each probation service area on the latest date for which figures are available. (291654)

The following table shows the ratio of offenders to probation officers1 in each probation area on 30 September 2008; the last date for which corresponding staffing and offender information is currently available.

1 Includes: Senior Probation Officers, Senior Practitioners, Probation Officers, Trainee Probation Officers, Practice Development Assessors, Probation Service Officers and Treatment Managers.

Probation area/trust

Ratio

Avon and Somerset

14.7:1

Bedfordshire

17.6:1

Cambridgeshire

18.0:1

Cheshire

15.5:1

Cumbria

19.6:1

Derbyshire

14.5:1

Devon and Cornwall

21.4:1

Dorset

13.4:1

County Durham

13.4:1

Essex

19.8:1

Gloucestershire

20.4:1

Greater Manchester

20.4:1

Hampshire

16.5:1

Hertfordshire

18.5:1

Humberside

14.2:1

Kent

19.4:1

Lancashire

20.4:1

Leicestershire and Rutland

10.5:1

Lincolnshire

13.1:1

London

22.0:1

Merseyside

19.0:1

Norfolk

10.6:1

Northumbria

15.1:1

Northamptonshire

17.1:1

Nottinghamshire

17.8:1

Staffordshire

16.7:1

Suffolk

12.3:1

Surrey

11.0:1

Sussex

19.0:1

Teesside

16.2:1

Thames Valley

14.1:1

Warwickshire

17.0:1

West Mercia

15.1:1

West Midlands

20.8:1

Wiltshire

15.0:1

North Yorkshire

13.6:1

South Yorkshire

15.0:1

West Yorkshire

16.6:1

Dyfed Powys

13.1:1

Gwent

16.8:1

North Wales

20.8:1

South Wales

17.0:1

The ratio nationally of offenders to probation officers is 17.5:1.