§ 15. Mr. Jacques Arnold
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress being made with community service orders.
§ Mr. John Patten
National standards on the supervision of community service orders were introduced two years ago, on 1 April 1989. As intended, they have been effective in achieving tighter and more consistent management of this work by probation services. My Department is now circulating to probation services an analysis of the first year's operation of the standards.