§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his Department's policy in relation to the local provision of probation services. 
§ Ms Quin
We see it as important that the probation service should operate effectively at local level, which includes co-operating effectively on crime reduction and community safety strategies with local authorities and other agencies. What this means in terms of the future organisation, structure and funding of the service is a
Annual budget allocation £ Establishment 1998–99 1997–98 1996–971995–96 1994–95 Feltham 16,042,210 16,165,897 15,595,945 15,536,387 16,089,614 Dover 5,517,990 5,507,813 5,623,501 5,663,100 5,723,758 Rochester 7,821,366 7,943,709 8,024,739 7,857,789 7,601,974 East Sutton Park 1,691,063 1,680,767 1,705,875 1,680,606 1,751,577 Chelmsford 8,554,320 8,553,137 8,938,337 8,408,845 8,294,729 Bullwood Hall 3,659,040 3,881,069 3,722,832 3,711,636 3,721,190 Reading 5,247,400 4,956,465 5,055,179 5,237,792 5,400,991
§ Dr. Cable
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 15 and 16 year old young offenders were on remand in Feltham Young Offenders Institution for(a) two to three months, (b) three to six months and (c) over six months prior to conviction or acquittal during each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many currently on remand have spent more than three months awaiting conviction or acquittal. 
§ Ms Quin
The information requested is given in the tables.
Table 1 Population of untried prisoners aged 15 and 16 years in Feltham Young Offender Institution by length of time since first reception11995–1997 Length of time since first reception into a Prison Service establishment Date 2–3 months 3–6 months over 6 months 31 March 1995 4 3 - 31 March 1996 7 5 2 31 March 1997 9 5 2 1 Time since first reception on remand into a Prison Service establishment. This includes any intervening time spent on bail but excludes time spent in police cells beforehand.
question which we have been addressing as part of the prisons/probation review, on which we shall be publishing a consultation document.
§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued on the size of population centre in respect of which individual probation offices should be maintained.