§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional prisoners will be supervised on licence as a result of changes contained in the Criminal Justice Act 1991.
§ Mr. Jack
We are expecting a gradual build-up of cases as offenders are sentenced and released from prisons under the Act and a corresponding decrease in the numbers released under the former parole arrangements. Current best estimates are that when the transitional period comes to an end in 1996, some 5,500 more ex-prisoners will be supervised on licence. Extra probation officer resources have been provided to allow for the increased caseload and to enable longer and more intense periods of supervision with offenders on licence. The numbers under voluntary supervision are expected to fall sharply.