§ 14. Lawrie Quinn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of the National Probation Service in reducing crime. 
§ Hilary Benn
The National Probation Service, together with the Prison Service and the Youth Justice Board are jointly responsible for the target of reducing the level of reconviction of offenders by 5 per cent. by 2004. The Probation Services is working towards this byCareful risk assessment of offendersProviding help with accommodation and employmentImproving basic skillsRunning offending behaviour programmes.
The Probation Service is also responsible for ensuring that community penalties are effectively enforced.