Debates between Lord McNally and Lord Keen of Elie during the 2019-2024 Parliament

Probation Services

Debate between Lord McNally and Lord Keen of Elie
Monday 15th June 2020

(4 years, 1 month ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Keen of Elie Portrait Lord Keen of Elie [V]
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The dynamic framework anticipates that we will be seeking the provision of rehabilitation and resettlement services from the voluntary and charitable sector, with the other services brought within the National Probation Service.

Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally (LD) [V]
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My Lords, I am sure the Minister would agree that one man’s U-turn is another’s development of policy. I welcome the proposals from the Government. I am very proud that I was part of helping to create the National Probation Service, but, going forward, we have to give the service parity of esteem with other parts of the criminal justice system; it has never had that parity. Along with that, I would press the Minister, particularly at the present time, to consider a strong recruitment drive for the probation service among black and ethnic minorities to deal with the overrepresentation we have in the criminal justice and prison system, particularly among young people; they badly need mentors whom they can recognise and work with.