Probation Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:41 pm on 16th May 2019.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 12:41 pm, 16th May 2019

I thank the right hon. Lady for welcoming the reforms. She asks whether I can guarantee that the Ministry of Justice will not be run along ideological lines but when I look across the Chamber, I am really not sure that I can provide that guarantee; it may be up to the electorate. The right hon. Lady made a crucial point about the value of probation officers. We should do everything we can to value their work. As I mentioned in my statement, we intend to bring forward a statutory professional regulatory framework, part of which is about ensuring that the status of probation officers is properly valued because they have a crucial role in reducing crime.