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Probation Service

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:50 am on 13th December 2005.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 9:50 am, 13th December 2005

Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that despite nearly 100 years of splendid service to our local communities the probation service is too often seen as the ugly sister in the criminal justice system? It has been hugely overlooked, and the present uncertainty and confusion can only add to the demoralisation of probation officers who are doing their best in difficult circumstances.