§ Ross Cranston
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change in gross pension provision for the(a) National Probation Directorate and (b) National Probation Service (Local Area Boards) will be following the publication of the Spring Supplementary Estimates for 2003–04. 
§ Paul Goggins
The Spring Supplementary Estimates for 2003–04 do not make any change in pension provision for either(a) the National Probation Directorate or (b) the local Probation Boards of the National Probation Service.
Staff in the National Probation Directorate are part of the Civil Service Pension Scheme. Staff in local Probation Boards are part of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the actuarial rate for employers' contributions was set in 2001 for the financial years 2002–03,2003–04 and 2004–05.