Keeping His word – Lord Ramsbotham

Last year Lord Ramsbotham, the former┬áprisons inspector, condemned probation service reform plans and promised to lead rebellion unless ‘muddled’ government plans to fragment probation service are rewritten.

And this week dealt a significant blow to GraylinG4s plans to chop up probation into lots when amongst other things he commented

“I wonder whether the real reason why the Secretary of State is unwilling to reveal an objective assessment of the impact of his proposals is that he dare not, because they are so undermined by the sheer scale of the risks as assessed by his own officials in the Ministry of Justice. He cannot have welcomed the chairman of the Justice Select Committee in the other place saying last week that the Ministry of Justice, responsible for carrying out his ambitious plans, displayed naivety about the contracting out of key services and lacked the capacity to know what it was doing.”

 

Full Speech in Hansard