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.
Further to the answer of
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.