To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his plans are for the responsibility for procurement under the new model of probation proposed for Wales.
The Government set out its response to the consultation ‘Strengthening probation, building confidence’ on the 16th May 2019.
This consultation response confirmed that we intend to bring the supervision of medium and low risk offenders, currently supervised by the Community Rehabilitation Company, into the National Probation Service across England and Wales. Recognising the unique delivery landscape in Wales, we are seeking to achieve this by the end of 2019 so that advice to court, risk and need assessments, sentence planning and managing enforcement and recall will all sit within a single organisation.
Responsibility for delivering unpaid work, running accredited programmes, and provision of “Through-The-Gate” resettlement services will remain with the Community Rehabilitation Company until the end of the current contract. A competitive procurement process will be run over the coming months to re-procure delivery of these services once the current contracts end
A number of market engagement events have been held in Wales to help inform the design of the future services and the procurement process. We are keen to work with a range of providers including both the private and voluntary sector. Work is ongoing to finalise the competitive process for procuring unpaid work, accredited programmes and resettlement services and we aim to have new contracts signed by the end of 2020.