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Probation Officers

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate what percentage of (a) probation officer and (b) probation service officer time was spent in direct contact with offenders in each of the last 10 years. [181937]

Maria Eagle: All probation staff in the NFS are employed by the relevant Probation Board, which is responsible for managing workload allocation. It is therefore not possible to provide information at this level. Information is, however, collected on the number of staff employed in offender management roles.

The following table shows the number of staff working in an offender management role from 2003 onwards. Data prior to 2003 were collated by a different source and were incomplete in some categories. They are therefore not directly comparable with the figures collected since that time.

Role 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Increase (2003-07)

Number of staff in offender management role

17,551.20

17,771.71

18,630.41

19,155.90

18,706.47

Percentage

91.79

91.03

90.69

89.81

89.82

6.58

Number of staff in other roles

1,570.60

1,751.27

1,911.65

2,173.08

2120.86

Percentage

8.21

8.97

9.37

10.19

10.18

35.04

Total number of staff

19,121.80

19,522.98

20,542.06

21,328.98

20,827.33

Percentage

100

100

100

100

100

8.92


Probation: Finance

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much of the money budgeted for the end-to-end offender management roll-out was allocated to each probation area in 2007-08; and how that allocation was decided. [181943]

Mr. Hanson: A total of £3.7 million was distributed to probation areas in 2007-08 to cover the costs of phases 2 and 3 of the roll-out of end-to-end offender management in those years. Phase 2, which began in November 2006, was the first phase to cross the custody/community boundary and covers high risk of harm and Prolific Offenders. Phase 3 began in January 2008 and covers offenders serving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection.

The costs are estimated using a model developed in NOMS by staff with experience of probation processes, which has been subject of consultation with probation managers. The national figure as calculated using the
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model was distributed to probation areas using a well- established formula, whose main component is the population in the probation area in question. The actual sums distributed are shown in the following table.

Offender management funding
Probation area Total 2007-08 (£ million)

Avon and Somerset

0.083

Bedfordshire

0.038

Cambridgeshire

0.044

Cheshire

0.062

Cumbria

0.037

Derbyshire

0.063

Devon and Cornwall

0.090

Dorset

0.035

Durham

0.048

Essex

0.086

Gloucestershire

0.032

Hampshire

0.108

Hertfordshire

0.052

Humberside

0.075

Kent

0.097

Lancashire

0.104

Leicestershire

0.064

Lincolnshire

0.042

Norfolk

0.050

Northamptonshire

0.042

North Yorkshire

0.044

Nottinghamshire

0.083

Staffordshire

0.071

Suffolk

0.041

Surrey

0.040

Sussex

0.077

Teesside

0.055

Thames Valley

0.104

Warwickshire

0.029

West Mercia

0.068

Wiltshire

0.037

Greater Manchester

0.210

Merseyside

0.126

Northumbria

0.126

South Yorkshire

0.107

West Midlands

0.241

West Yorkshire

0.173

London

0.568

Dyfed-Powys

0.037

Gwent

0.051

North Wales

0.051

South Wales

0.108

Total

3.699


Probation: Northumbria

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of budget reductions on the support provided for offenders as a result of budget cuts in the Northumbria probation area. [182342]

Maria Eagle: The Northumbria probation area, in conjunction with the regional offender manager for the North East will determine the quantity and quality of services to be provided in the forthcoming year. This will be through service level agreements between the board and the regional offender manager. Northumbria’s
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budget will increase from £25,484 million to £25,995 million, by 2.01 per cent. between 2007-08 and 2008-09. In addition, its three-year corporate plan includes a programme of cash savings of up to £1.3 million from its non-staffing budget.

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to prevent reductions in the budget for Inventory of Offenders programmes in the Northumbria probation area. [182343]

Maria Eagle: Any reduction in budget for Inventory of Offenders programmes in the Northumbria area will be with agreement with the regional offender manager for the North East, through service level agreements and the board will look to deliver against the targets set both nationally and through the regional offender manager. Northumbria’s budget will increase from £25,484 million to £25,995 million by 2.01 per cent., between 2007-08 and 2008-09. In addition, its three year corporate plan includes a programme of cash savings of up to £1.3 million from their non staffing budget.

Public Appointments

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what additional responsibilities the hon. Member for Liverpool, Garston has taken up since her appointment as Ministerial Champion for Women and Criminal Justice. [182739]

Maria Eagle: As Ministerial Champion for Women and Criminal Justice matters, I lead on implementation of the commitments made in the Government’s response to the Corston report. I will ensure that the actions to address issues for women are given the necessary priority, and that commitments are delivered across Departments. I have convened a ministerial sub-group which met for the first time on 23 January 2008, and will meet on a monthly basis and drive forward the cross-departmental work that will be key to successful delivery. This sub-group will report to the Reducing Re-offending Inter-Ministerial Group as the governing body.

Reoffenders

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of those entering prisons in England and Wales to serve a custodial sentence in 2006 had served a custodial sentence previously; [178697]

(2) what percentage of those given a custodial sentence had (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more previous community sentences in each of the last three years. [178698]

Mr. Straw: The information requested is not available in this form. In previous years information has been published annually in Sentencing Statistics showing the average number of previous convictions/cautions by type of current sentence; the most recently published is for 2005.

My Department is currently conducting a review of the data and methods used to compile these figures, and it is hoped that figures for 2006 and revised figures for earlier years will be published on the Ministry’s website later this year.


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Whitemoor Prison

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations have been received by (a) HM Prison Service, (b) officials at his Department and (c) Ministers on the conduct of Governor Steve Rodford at HM Prison Whitemoor; what action has been taken in consequence; and if he will make a statement. [182149]

Maria Eagle: It is not Prison Service policy to comment on individual members of staff.

International Development

Democratic Republic of Congo

7. Judy Mallaber: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK will provide for the implementation of the Kivu peace accord and the ending of conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. [182975]

Mr. Thomas: DFID is already providing significant humanitarian and security and justice sector support which will help with the implementation of the peace accord in Kivu. Further support is being considered.

The Maghreb

8. Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with EU colleagues on ways of strengthening civil society in the countries of the Maghreb. [182977]

Mr. Malik: I have not had direct discussions with EU counterparts about strengthening Maghreb civil society. I am aware of my hon. Friend's considerable and active interest in the region. DFID supports the Maghreb countries through significant multilateral contributions: support to Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco amounted to over £40 million in 2005. Working closely with the FCO, we encourage the European Commission to engage civil society in its policies and programmes.

Elections

10. Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote free and fair elections in developing countries. [182980]

Mr. Thomas: We have provided, and will continue to provide, support to promote free and fair elections in a range of developing countries including, for example, the £8 million to support the 2007 successful elections in Sierra Leone. The Department also provided £25 million for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) elections during 2006-07—our largest contribution to date to a national election—and £6 million to support the last elections in Nigeria. We are already providing support for forthcoming elections in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan and Malawi.


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