§ David Winnick
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Walsall, North (1) will receive a reply to his letter of 24 July 2003 regarding a constituent, ref: M3906/3; 
(2) will receive a reply to his letter of 24 July regarding pay negotiations in the Probation Service, reference: M3906/3; and what the reasons are for the delay. 
§ Paul Goggins
[holding answers 11 September 2003 and 20 October 2003]. The information requested is as follows:
We have received numerous letters from Members of Parliament and their constituents, querying the delay in the settlement of this year's pay negotiations for the National Probation Service.
I have replied to my hon. Friend on 4 November 2003 and I apologise for this unacceptable delay.575W
A pay offer was made to the Trade Unions on 22 July and has been accepted following ballots of members.