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Probation: Wales

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people completed and passed a probation programme in each probation area in Wales in each year since 2005. (319548)

The Accredited Programme Completions for each full year from 2005 are as follows:

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

North Wales Probation Area

219

270

275

269

South Wales Probation Trust

468

552

410

494

Gwent Probation Area

198

208

213

213

Dyfed Powys Probation Trust

138

157

151

153

Total

1,023

1,187

1,049

1,129

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of each grade were employed by each probation area in Wales on 31 December (a) 2009 and (b) 1999. (319551)

Data on how many staff of each grade were employed by Wales Probation Areas/Trusts on 31 December 2009 are as follows:

Grade

North Wales1

Gwent1

South Wales1

Dyfed-Powys1

Chief Executive

1

1

21

1

ACO Level

3.10

4

7.65

4

Grade 6 (includes Area Managers)

4

2

8.80

0

Grade 5 (includes Senior Probation Officer's)

28.60

18.5

75.32

21.40

Grade 4 (includes Probation Officers)

79.20

85.04

152.44

45.10

Grade 3 (includes Probation Service Officer's)

67.63

86.46

61.38

209.08

Grade 2 (admin)

24.12

32.05

96.69

26.9

Grade 1 (lower admin)

8.21

13.99

7.30

5.40

1 WTE = whole-time equivalent

2 Acting

Reliable data on 1999 staff in post are not available for all areas/trusts. This type of information is usually retained in accordance with the six-year retention limit specified by the Data Protection Act 1998.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons he decided to establish an all-Wales probation trust to replace the four probation service areas in Wales. (319554)

The application to form an all-Wales trust met the criteria required for Trust status in terms of performance and it is considered that this would be the best means of delivering locally tailored and cost effective services for all communities in Wales.

In common with all probation trusts, the Wales trust will be formed of local delivery units who are empowered to work with partners to understand and meet local needs, either through direct provision or commissioning. These units will provide a visible local presence for probation in all communities and ensure that the diverse needs in different parts of Wales are met. Compared with the retention of four separate probation areas in Wales, the single trust will save £1.5 million. This additional saving equates to 46 posts in corporate support and governance arrangements. In reducing management overheads, the all-Wales trust will focus resources on the frontline, improving public protection. These savings will allow 34 full-time equivalent probation officers to be employed across Wales who would otherwise not be funded.