HC Deb 29 October 1992 vol 212 c764W
Mr. Michael

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources his Department has provided for the probation service in England and Wales and to each probation committee to meet the costs of new responsibilities under the Criminal Justice Act 1991.

Mr. Jack

The Home Office annual report published in February set out the actual and projected resources for the Probation Service in England and Wales as follows:

1990–91 (actual) 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95
Central Government support (£ million) 228 272 290 314 338
Total staff provision 12,851 13,641 14,234 14,713 15,100

Resources, which are now subject to cash limits, are allocated to the 55 individual probation areas through an agreed formula and the overall increase of 25.7 per cent. for 1992–93, compared with 1990–91 outturn, was not spread evenly because the allocation formula adjusted the proportion of national provision allocated to each area according to objective indicators of need and work load. The lowest increase was 20.8 per cent. while the highest was 30.3 per cent.