Prisons and Probation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 14th May 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex 3:40 pm, 14th May 2019

I welcome my hon. and learned Friend to his job, to which I hope he brings the same tremendous skills as he brought to his previous job as Solicitor General. He was kind to listen to my representations last night about my local probation area in the south of England, which has managed to make the system, as it currently exists, work extremely well. My local service has an outstanding reputation, and in listening to what it says, I am struck by the fact that for it to tear up all the progress it has made under the present system for another system would not help those it looks after. I urge him to consider some form of flexibility in his plans so that the very best that has been learned in the current system can be incorporated into the new system.