§ Vera Baird
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial resources have been allocated for community punishments in the current financial year; and what proportion is directed towards women offenders. 
§ Paul Goggins
Resources are not specifically allocated to local probation areas for community punishment. The Boards receive a general allocation that they are permitted to spend on the range of activities they carry out. Financial information collected from the 42 Boards indicate that they collectively will spend about £75 million on community punishment orders in 2003–04 and a further £20 million on community punishment and rehabilitation orders. The number of women offenders in receipt of community punishment orders is estimated at about 12 per cent. of the total.