Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill
Lord Bassam of Brighton (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office; Labour)
Perhaps the noble Baroness and I are at one on the issue of what is appropriate for training. I am glad that that is the case. My understanding is that the previous government unfortunately cut support for Probation Service training and indeed cut financial support to the Probation Service full stop. This Government have reversed those cuts and have begun to increase the level of investment into the Probation Service. I am grateful that the noble Baroness now supports our efforts to drive up standards, to improve training and the quality of training and the "appropriateness"--to use one of her own words--of training to the new Probation Service.