National Offender Management Service: Manpower

Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many people were employed by each director of offender management within the National Offender Management Service on the latest date for which figures are available;

(2) how many staff were employed in (a) Prison Service area offices and (b) Regional Offender Management offices on 1 January 2008;

(3) how many people were employed in the National Offender Management Service head office and regional offices at 31 December in each year from 2004 to 2009.

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)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to answer I gave Mr. Gerrard on 9 March 2010, Hansard, column 246-48W. Information on the number of staff employed in Regional Offender Management Offices in January 2008 is not available. At that time the staff reported to the Home Office but the records are no longer available and would require a substantial reactivation exercise that would entail disproportionate cost, to obtain.

The closest available data relates to October 2008, when there were 451 staff in Prison Service area offices and 119 staff in Regional Offender Management offices.

The number of staff employed within each office is provided in the following table:

Staff employed within Director of Offender Management Offices, 31 December 2009
Region Staff-employed Staff declared surplus( 1) Vacancies
East Midlands 53 2 8
East of England 50 1 14
London 32 6 13
North East 40 5 2
North West 81 19 12
South East 98 8 23
South West 31 8 14
Wales 26 0 12
West Midlands 38 6 13
Yorkshire and Humberside 35 6 3
Total 483 61 114
(1) Staff declared surplus are also included in the 'Staff employed' column.

The process of change in the NOMS organisations in the nine English regions and Wales in 2009, covered 576 jobs and the new structure, which is now in place, has reduced this number by 180 to 396.

The information for the national headquarters does not include staff reporting through the NOMS Shared Service Centre or area service teams who are based in prisons but organised on a regional basis.

Regional and National headquarters 31 December 2004 to 2009
Region 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Area/Regional Office East Midlands 37 54 61 56 62 53
East of England 34 44 47 44 56 50
London 25 28 30 28 37 32
North East 20 28 38 38 41 40
North West 126 182 210 205 80 81
South East 125 143 127 116 121 98
South west r32 36 34 26 25 31
Wales 13 16 19 18 27 26
West Midlands 49 48 54 42 34 38
Yorkshire and Humberside 39 48 55 29 35 35
Area/Regional Office Total 501 627 675 602 518 483
National Headquarters(1) 1906 1351 1398 1297 2207 2188
(1) In 2005 a large number of staff transferred to the original NOMS headquarters, which was part of the core Home Office. The staff transferred back in 2008 when NOMS HQ was formed. These staff are not included in the table for the period when they were part of the core Home Office.

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