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Probation Service for England and Wales: Finance

Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budgetary reductions there will be for the Probation Service in England and Wales in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

A budget reduction of £20 million has been applied to the national probation service in 2009-10. No final decisions have been taken regarding the budget allocation for 2010-11.

We have set challenging efficiency targets for probation areas who want to become trusts, but in doing so we have always been clear that the priority is public protection and this will not be compromised.

In 2009-10, probation is required to make savings of £20 million out of a budget of £914 million, which was 2.2 per cent. In 2008-09, provisional figures show that probation areas underspent by £17 million, which demonstrates that the savings are completely realistic.

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