Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Chair, European Scrutiny Committee, Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce reoffending.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government are committed to reducing reoffending in England and Wales. In the last 10 years the Government have invested in a wide range of programmes to tackle the root causes of offending behaviour and punish and reform offenders. This is reflected in the Government's commitment to reduce the volume of reoffending and address the level of serious re-offences in the new 'Make Communities Safer' PSA 23. To provide strategic direction for this work and to promote an effective cross-government partnership response, I co-chair a Reducing Re-Offending Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) which includes Ministers from 14 Government Departments.

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