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Probation Officers

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (1) qualified probation officers there were in (a) West Mercia and (b) England in each year since 1997; what the equivalent figures are expected to be in the next five years (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of the total staff numbers in the Probation Service and National Offender Management Service; and if he will make a statement; (297597)

(2) staff who were not qualified probation officers were employed by the Probation Service and National Offender Management Service in (a) the West Mercia probation area and (b) England in each year since 1997; how many such staff are planned to be employed in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement;

(3) members of staff at management grades there were in the Probation Service and National Offender Management Service (a) nationally and (b) in the West Mercia area in each year since 1997 (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of the total number of staff; what the projected equivalent figures are for the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is currently being collated and I hope to be in a position to write to the hon. Member by the end of November.

Responsibility for resourcing levels ultimately lies with each probation board or trust as they are the employers of probation staff. It is for them to take the action necessary at a local level to ensure they can deliver the required service within available resources.

The Probation Service’s budget for 2010-11 has just been announced and once this money has been allocated to directors of offender management they will agree with each probation board and trust how that money is to be used.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) managerial staff, (b) qualified probation officers and (c) other staff there have been in the Probation Service in each of the last 10 years; (297628)

(2) what the ratio of qualified probation officers to offenders was in each probation area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what the ratio of qualified probation officers to non-qualified probation staff was (a) nationally and (b) in the West Mercia area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many (a) offenders under Probation Service supervision and (b) qualified probation officers there were (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in West Mercia (A) in each of the last 10 years and (B) in the latest period for which figures are available.

The information requested is currently being collated and I hope to be in a position to write to the hon. Member by the end of November.