§ Mr. Stringer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the reports of studies commissioned on the effectiveness of the probation service. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 20 January 1998]: It is our standard practice to place in the Library copies of reports by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation of thematic inspections and inspections of the quality and effectiveness of area probation services. We also place in the Library reports prepared as part of the Home Office Research Programme, an important part of which involves evaluating both the effectiveness of work carried out by probation services, with a view to developing good policy and practice, and the implementation of new policy initiatives involving the probation service, with a view to establishing the extent to which the intended aims are being achieved.