HL Deb 17 March 2005 vol 670 c148WA
Baroness Stern

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What legislative changes will be needed to introduce the National Offender Management Service fully. [HL1714]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is currently being developed within the existing legislative frameworks. There are provisions in the Management of Offenders and Sentencing Bill to; (a) establish the aims of NOMS, (b) give the Home Secretary greater control to direct probation boards to commission services from other providers, (c) establish sentence planning and review as a core offender management function and (d) provide for data sharing between the constituent parts of NOMS and the police. Further work is also being taken forward to look at what organisational design might best suit the service's future needs.