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Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) qualified probation officers and (b) Probation Service officers have been employed by the Probation Service in each quarter since the start of 2003. 
|Probation officers( 1)||Probation service officers( 2)|
|(1) Includes: senior probation officers, senior practitioners, probation officers and practice development assessors.|
(2) Includes: probation services officers and treatment managers.
(3) The information provided has yet to be published and may therefore be subject to minor amendment upon publication.
Figures are shown as full-time equivalents.
|Active vacancies( 1, 2, 3)|
|(1) Figures shown as FTE as at 30 June 2007 and can be found in issue 13 of the Workforce Information Report.|
(2) Vacancies are defined as active vacancies, which includes any post that is being actively recruited into.
(3) Due to the HR system in use, Hampshire probation area (South East region), Greater Manchester probation area (North West region) and West Midlands probation area (West Midlands region) have been unable to provide any vacancy figures and are excluded from this return.
Mr. Straw: Records are not held of the number of prisoners granted temporary release. However, the numbers of temporary release licences issued in 2007-08 was 441,167. This figure is the total of all individual licences issued, as some prisoners will be granted temporary release on a number of occasions and as a result will be issued with multiple licences over the course of a year. The 2008-09 figure will be published in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2008 at the end of July 2009. The publication of this bulletin has been pre-announced on the Ministry of Justice and the United Kingdom Statistics Authority websites.
Release on temporary licence is the mechanism that enables prisoners to participate in necessary activities, outside of the prison establishment, that directly contribute to their resettlement into the community and their development of a purposeful law abiding life. Prisoners are not granted temporary release unless they meet the eligibility criteria and pass a stringent risk assessment.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average sentence for a (a) section 18 and (b) section 20 grievous bodily harm offence for those aged (i) 21 years and over and (ii) under 21 years old was in 2007-08; 
|Offenders aged over 21 and under 21 sentenced under sections 18,20 and 47 of Offences Against the Persons Act 1861,2007|
|Offender aged 21 and over||Offender aged under 21|
|(1) Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm|
(2) Malicious wounding, racially aggravated malicious wounding, religiously aggravated malicious wounding, racially or religiously aggravated malicious wounding
(3) Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, racially or religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm,
Note s :
ACSL excludes indeterminate sentences.
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.
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.
OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice
The table shows the sentences handed down to and the average custodial sentence length (ACSL) for determinate sentences for those aged 21 and over under sections 18, section 20 and 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 for 2007. The table also shows the sentences handed down to, and the ACSL for, offenders aged under 21, sentenced under sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 for 2007. Also included is the number of indeterminate sentences for the section 18 offences. These data are based on the offences under section 18, section 20 and section 47, where such offences were the principal offences for which the offender was sentenced. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed, where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.