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National Offender Management Service: Manpower

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff were employed in (a) Prison Service area offices and (b) regional offender management offices on 1 January 2008; (320855)

(2) how many persons were employed by each director of offender management within the National Offender Management Service on the most recent date for which figures are available;

(3) how many persons were employed in (a) the Head Office and (b) each regional office of the National Offender Management Service on 31 December of each year since 2004.

Information on the number of staff employed in Regional Offender Management Offices in January 2008 is not available. At that time the staff reported to the Home Office but the records are no longer available and would require a substantial reactivation exercise that would entail disproportionate cost, to obtain.

The closest available data relates to October 2008, when there were 451 staff in Prison Service area offices and 119 staff in Regional Offender Management offices.

The number of staff employed within each office is provided in the following table:

Staff employed within Director of Offender Management Offices, 31 December 2009

Region

Staff employed

Staff declared surplus1

Vacancies

East Midlands

53

2

8

East of England

50

1

14

London

32

6

13

North East

40

5

2

North West

81

19

12

South East

98

8

23

South West

31

8

14

Wales

26

0

12

West Midlands

38

6

13

Yorkshire and Humberside

35

6

3

Total

483

61

114

1 Staff declared surplus are also included in the ‘Staff employed’ column.

The process of change in the NOMS organisations in the nine English regions and Wales in 2009, covered 576 jobs and the new structure, which is now in place, has reduced this number by 180 to 396.

The information for the national headquarters does not include staff reporting through the NOMS Shared Service Centre or area service teams who are based in prisons but organised on a regional basis.

Regional and National Headquarters 31 December 2004 to 2009

Region

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Area/Regional Office

East Midlands

37

54

61

56

62

53

East of England

34

44

47

44

56

50

London

25

28

30

28

37

32

North East

20

28

38

38

41

40

North West

126

182

210

205

80

81

South East

125

143

127

116

121

98

South west

32

36

34

26

25

31

Wales

13

16

19

18

27

26

West Midlands

49

48

54

42

34

38

Yorkshire and Humberside

39

48

55

29

35

35

Area/Regional Office Total

501

627

675

602

518

483

National Headquarters1

1906

1351

1398

1297

2207

2188

1 In 2005 a large number of staff transferred to the original NOMS headquarters, which was part of the core Home Office. The staff transferred back in 2008 when NOMS HQ was formed. These staff are not included in the table for die period when they were part of the core Home Office.