Asked if the Prime Minister was expecting defeat on the Probation Bill this evening, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that today was the day to put the arguments to the backbenchers. The important thing was to recognise that given the re-offending rate, while the probation service did a lot of good work, the status quo would not resolve this issue. The lesson was that no single sector could tackle this problem alone. Probation officers needed to be supplemented by other sectors – voluntary, private, charitable – to ensure that the situation could be turned around. The public sector could not do all that needed to be done in this area.
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