§ 21. Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the future of the probation and after-care service.
§ Mr. John Patten
The planned commencement from October of the main provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 will give the 55 probation services in England and Wales an even more important role, especially in preparing advice to the courts and in supervising offenders in the community.