HC Deb 08 June 2004 vol 422 c337W
John McDonnell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how individual prisons will be held to account in order to reduce the reoffending of discharged prisoners. [167518]

Paul Goggins

Under the National Offender Management Service prison governors will continue to be accountable for the running of prisons. Over time regional offender managers will become responsible for ensuring the effective management of all offenders regardless of whether they have received a custodial or community sentence or a combination of the two. They will also commission services from prisons in the public and private sectors and specify standards to which each should perform. The regional offender managers will be line managed by the national offender manager who will report directly to the chief executive and will be responsible for reducing re-offending.