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Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers at each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution have been suspended in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many of those suspended were subsequently (i) convicted of an offence, (ii) disciplined and (iii) dismissed. 
While historical information concerning the outcome of formal disciplinary cases is held centrally within NOMS, these records do not indicate whether or not the member of staff concerned was suspended from duty during the course of the disciplinary proceedings. A summary of the numbers of centrally recorded dismissals and other disciplinary penalties for each of the last five years is provided in the following table:
|2004-05( 1)||2005-06( 1)||2006-07( 1)||2007-08( 1)||2008-09( 1)||Total|
|(1) Covers the period 1 September through 31 August 2009.|
Information about staff suspensions has only been recorded centrally since October 2007. In order to provide the detailed information requested, we would need to contact all public sector Prison Service establishments and ask them to check their paper records. This would incur disproportionate cost.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders under probation supervision were (a) in employment and (b) living in settled and suitable accommodation at the end of their order or licence (i) in total and (ii) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which figures are available in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Employment is known to be a key factor in helping to reduce re-offending. The Government's aim therefore is to improve the quantity and quality of offender learning to provide more offenders with the skills and motivation to turn away from crime, improve their employability, and become productive members of society.
The Government recognise the contribution that having a stable home makes to the rehabilitation of offenders and the reduction of re-offending. The National Offender Management Service is working in partnership with other Government Departments, local authorities and housing providers to deliver public service agreement (PSA) 16, which includes a commitment to raising the proportion of offenders under the supervision of the
probation service that are in suitable and stable accommodation at the end of their supervision.
Performance against employment targets in 2009-10 has shown a decline compared to 2008-09, but this must be seen in the context of the economic downturn. The current economic climate has exacerbated the disadvantages already faced by offenders in the jobs market. However, we remain committed to maximising employment opportunities for offenders and we are working with probation areas to ensure they retain their focus on performance.
|Table 1: Offenders in employment at termination of order/licence 2008-09|
|Probation area||Number of offenders in employment||Number of terminations (orders and licences)||Percentage in employment||Target (percentage)|
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