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Probation: Essex

Justice written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 410W, on probation, what specific steps Essex Probation have (a) taken and (b) plan to take in each of the next two years to increase its cost-effectiveness; what meetings officials in his Department have had with Essex Probation about this issue; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Further to the answer of 21 May 2012, Hansard, column 410W, Essex Probation Trust, as part of its annual business planning process, reviews all areas of expenditure to identify potential for improving cost effectiveness. The review considers cost information generated internally and also from external sources, as well as staff suggestions for improving efficiency and innovation.

The value of the Trust’s contract with the Secretary of State is agreed each year with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). The contract management team in NOMS is in frequent contact with the Trust to discuss performance, including financial performance, which is measured as part of the contract. The team also has formal quarterly contract review meetings with the Trust.

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