Association of Panel Members: Finance

Justice written question – answered on 25th June 2007.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

(1) what discussions she has held on the funding arrangements for the Association of Panel Members; and if she will make a statement;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 976W, on the National Appropriate Adult Network: finance, what steps he is taking to support the work of the Association of Panel Members; and if he will consider meeting the Chair of the Association of Panel Members;

(3) pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 976W, on the National Appropriate Adult Network: finance, if his Department will consider the merits of providing similar departmental funding to the Association of Panel Members.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Funding for referral panels is provided to Youth Offending Teams by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) which is in turn funded by the Ministry of Justice. The Youth Justice Board supports the work of referral panel members by providing training and guidance. In January 2007 the Association of Panel Members approached the YJB and inquired about funding. The YJB replied that no funding was available and although the matter could be reviewed at a later date, no commitment could be made regarding future funding. There are no plans for the Secretary of the State to meet the Chair of the Association of Panel Members.

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