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National Offender Management Service

Home Department written question – answered on 14th March 2005.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration was given to merging the Prison and Probation Services into one, prior to the publication of the Carter Report.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

Organisational issues affecting prisons and probation are discussed from time to time. However there was no formal proposal for a merger of the prisons and probation services, nor any preparation of a business case for this, in the period prior to Lord Carter's review. The Carter review itself did not propose such a merger. The last time such a merger was considered was in the 1998 Prisons—Probation review (final report), available at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs/pprcont.html

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