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National Probation Service for England and Wales: Manpower
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff were employed in the Probation Service in each of the last 15 years. [298266]

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The following table shows the number of staff employed in the National Probation Service in each of the last 15 years.

Total probation staff1,2,3

Year on year growth (percentage)

Cumulative growth (percentage)

1993

15,329

1994

15,531

1.3

1995

14,824

(4.6)

(3.3)

1996

14,388

(2.9)

(6.1)

1997

13,968

(2.9)

(8.9)

1998

13,806

(1.2)

(9.9)

1999

14,671

6.3

(4.3)

2000

15,240

3.9

(0.6)

2001

15,789

3.6

3.0

2002

16,668

5.6

8.7

2003

19,206

15.2

25.3

2004

19,565

1.9

27.6

2005

20,584

5.2

34.3

2006

21,372

3.8

39.4

2007

20,893

(2.2)

36.3

2008

20,857

(0.2)

36.1

1 Figures for 1993-2007 are as at 31 December and are taken from the Home Office RDS Probation Statistics [1993-2003) and the Quarterly Workforce Information Reports produced by NOMS (2003-07).

2 Figures for 2008 are as at 30 September.

3 Figures for 2008 have been collected from Probation Areas/Trust via the HR Data Warehouse and are correct at publication. Areas/trusts have the ability to resubmit historical data which may result in occasional variation in subsequent reports.

Notes:

1. Total probation staff figures shown as full time equivalents.

2. Staff in post figures for 2009 are currently unavailable.

Probation has received significant increases in resources since this Government came to power in 1997. Our record shows that we take the probation service and its place in the Criminal Justice System very seriously. Total probation staffing (expressed as full time equivalents) was up from 13,968 in 1997 to 20,859 by September 2008 a 49.3 per cent. increase over the period.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with representatives of probation officers on staffing levels in the probation service. [298288]

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I regularly meet officials from both NAPO and Unison and discuss a variety of issues of mutual concern and interest including staffing levels. I have also met with UNITE. Most recently on 29 October 2009, I met the NAPO chair and a delegation of trainee probation officers specifically to discuss staffing levels.