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26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest, (b) average and (c) shortest waiting period for entry into a domestic violence perpetrator programme was in each probation area in each year since such programmes were introduced. [300757]

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Further to my answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 1471W, and my letter to the hon. Member, a copy of which is placed in the Libraries of the House, the table shows the average number of weeks that elapse from the date of sentence or licence for offences of violence or abuse to the commencement of domestic violence programme requirements in probation areas for 2005-06 to 2008-09.

High risk offenders will be given priority by probation areas over those of medium risk. Preparation work needs to be completed with offenders before they can commence the group work element of a programme.

Offenders waiting for a place on a domestic violence programme are under the supervision of their offender manager who will monitor and actively manage the risk posed by the offender during the course of the supervision period.

The National Offender Management Service are working to reduce waiting times by ensuring staff are familiar with the referral criteria, and by improved liaison between the offender manager, the programme delivery team, and the court.

A further three domestic abuse programmes are also currently being piloted with a view to extending the range of interventions available to perpetrators.

The figures have been drawn from administrative data systems and although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The Lancashire probation area’s figures have been updated since my letter of 12 November.

The table shows the average number of weeks that elapse from the date of sentence or licence for offences of violence or abuse to the commencement of domestic violence programme requirements in probation areas for 2005-06 to 2008-09.

Area

Data

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

Average of weeks

40.9

39.6

47.2

40.5

Min of weeks

1.6

9.1

4.4

7.4

Max of weeks

102.0

101.8

166.1

103.2

Bedfordshire

Average of weeks

21.5

30.0

22.9

Min of weeks

4.7

11.1

8.2

Max of weeks

147.0

64.1

58.8

Cambridgeshire

Average of weeks

23.9

36.4

31.3

25.1

Min of weeks

9.3

7.5

3.0

9.8

Max of weeks

55.7

95.3

97.8

67.8

Cheshire

Average of weeks

33.8

38.1

31.4

5.0

Min of weeks

6.7

1.7

4.0

0.1

Max of weeks

115.0

121.5

120.1

54.0

County Durham

Average of weeks

16.6

25.6

29.4

34.1

Min of weeks

2.0

1.1

3.5

2.8

Max of weeks

34.4

58.0

87.3

81.9

Cumbria

Average of weeks

19.1

25.3

30.5

36.3

Min of weeks

7.6

4.6

1.2

9.1

Max of weeks

38.6

52.6

82.3

86.6

Derbyshire

Average of weeks

25.1

30.5

23.9

21.9

Min of weeks

5.1

1.9

0.7

2.9

Max of weeks

155.1

68.1

83.3

93.8

Devon and Cornwall

Average of weeks

33.0

40.6

29.0

24.9

Min of weeks

6.1

7.7

3.0

4.0

Max of weeks

92.1

148.2

92.8

81.8

Dorset

Average of weeks

12.0

29.0

20.0

19.9

Min of weeks

2.5

4.1

3.2

4.1

Max of weeks

36.9

79.2

47.9

56.1

Dyfed-Powys

Average of weeks

10.9

19.0

18.7

32.2

Min of weeks

5.1

1.0

0.5

6.0

Max of weeks

24.4

61.5

48.0

81.8

Essex

Average of weeks

24.6

40.5

51.0

50.2

Min of weeks

1.1

10.1

2.8

0.8

Max of weeks

99.1

77.5

90.8

89.4

Gloucestershire

Average of weeks

29.9

33.0

34.3

24.9

Min of weeks

8.5

7.2

6.0

3.8

Max of weeks

59.3

91.5

82.8

76.8

Greater

Average of weeks

37.7

47.6

33.9

23.3

Manchester

Min of weeks

5.1

4.3

5.9

4.3

Max of weeks

97.6

91.7

95.4

58.3

Gwent

Average of weeks

34.6

41.3

42.8

44.0

Min of weeks

11.8

12.8

2.5

4.8

Max of weeks

62.7

101.7

109.1

111.7

Hampshire

Average of weeks

17.1

25.4

25.2

24.1

Min of weeks

6.6

2.2

4.0

5.3

Max of weeks

55.0

79.1

146.3

99.3

Hertfordshire

Average of weeks

21.9

30.6

38.1

24.1

Min of weeks

5.8

2.1

4.2

5.1

Max of weeks

44.7

57.1

90.1

79.3

Humberside

Average of weeks

10.8

25.0

27.4

27.6

Min of weeks

0.1

0.1

5.1

11.8

Max of weeks

27.2

56.7

81.0

47.5

Kent

Average of weeks

15.0

29.3

27.3

25.3

Min of weeks

2.1

0.1

2.0

1.8

Max of weeks

41.3

67.1

69.1

80.4

Lancashire

Average of weeks

16.6

26.9

26.3

24.9

Min of weeks

3.8

0.0

0.1

0.0

Max of weeks

52.5

75.0

83.1

132.5

Leicestershire and Rutland

Average of weeks

35.7

39.9

27.3

24.0

Min of weeks

2.1

1.8

1.4

3.8

Max of weeks

82.8

130.1

84.3

87.3

Lincolnshire

Average of weeks

13.2

23.8

27.5

26.0

Min of weeks

5.5

0.3

2.2

2.1

Max of weeks

40.1

72.3

98.0

77.3

London

Average of weeks

29.2

32.0

40.0

31.0

Min of weeks

0.3

4.1

0.2

0.1

Max of weeks

117.7

154.9

131.5

155.9

Merseyside

Average of weeks

32.9

25.9

32.9

34.9

Min of weeks

5.8

2.4

2.2

2.2

Max of weeks

128.8

86.7

88.6

126.9

Norfolk

Average of weeks

16.5

18.7

20.7

19.3

Min of weeks

0.7

4.8

0.3

0.8

Max of weeks

34.7

49.7

43.1

60.3

Northamptonshire

Average of weeks

20.9

29.0

29.3

28.1

Min of weeks

6.7

7.5

4.7

2.4

Max of weeks

62.0

85.7

151.1

77.8

Northumbria

Average of weeks

25.2

33.7

39.5

33.5

Min of weeks

6.1

7.1

7.8

0.8

Max of weeks

56.1

72.5

91.4

109.4

North Wales

Average of weeks

26.2

37.6

42.2

40.4

Min of weeks

2.5

9.1

1.0

7.5

Max of weeks

88.7

76.8

117.2

149.5

North Yorkshire

Average of weeks

11.8

16.3

29.1

22.5

Min of weeks

2.3

0.8

0.2

1.1

Max of weeks

41.8

54.0

102.6

74.6

Nottinghamshire

Average of weeks

13.1

13.7

19.1

Min of weeks

0.3

3.2

1.2

Max of weeks

49.3

48.2

63.1

South Wales

Average of weeks

23.3

34.5

38.1

Min of weeks

4.3

2.0

6.1

Max of weeks

63.3

117.6

78.1

South Yorkshire

Average of weeks

43.3

43.1

41.9

21.4

Min of weeks

2.1

1.8

3.3

1.1

Max of weeks

102.8

77.8

105.5

87.8

Staffordshire

Average of weeks

14.0

14.2

17.1

Min of weeks

2.1

2.2

2.1

Max of weeks

53.0

39.5

45.0

Suffolk

Average of weeks

15.2

20.8

21.6

23.5

Min of weeks

4.0

5.1

4.5

3.7

Max of weeks

30.8

80.4

67.7

63.8

Surrey

Average of weeks

19.0

28.5

30.4

29.5

Min of weeks

6.0

12.8

9.1

8.8

Max of weeks

42.5

59.5

72.8

68.5

Sussex

Average of weeks

29.1

27.5

20.9

25.3

Min of weeks

7.5

1.5

6.1

1.1

Max of weeks

73.8

72.4

42.4

59.8

Teesside

Average of weeks

6.3

25.2

42.1

42.3

Min of weeks

4.4

6.8

17.6

10.7

Max of weeks

9.1

43.4

79.3

86.4

Thames Valley Area

Average of weeks

28.3

33.0

31.0

26.5

Min of weeks

1.8

2.0

0.8

0.5

Max of weeks

145.0

74.5

87.5

77.7

Warwickshire

Average of weeks

20.6

31.4

38.6

Min of weeks

5.8

15.8

17.8

Max of weeks

61.0

47.3

99.5

West Mercia

Average of weeks

13.0

24.7

27.1

Min of weeks

1.0

3.5

3.7

Max of weeks

33.7

79.3

64.7

West Midlands

Average of weeks

17.2

28.7

34.5

29.0

Min of weeks

7.2

1.1

1.2

2.1

Max of weeks

60.5

57.3

75.0

102.2

West Yorkshire

Average of weeks

29.2

28.6

26.0

27.0

Min of weeks

1.4

0.0

0.3

0.1

Max of weeks

124.1

161.5

81.2

115.8

Wiltshire

Average of weeks

35.2

35.7

33.7

29.8

Min of weeks

9.4

2.3

2.3

11.4

Max of weeks

80.8

103.3

77.1

81.7