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The Government has suffered a defeat over probation service reform in the Lords.
Debating the Offender Rehabilitation Bill at report stage, peers backed Lord Ramsbotham’s amendment to delay changes to allow greater scrutiny by 215 votes to 186.
The cross bench peer was supported by Labour as well as 66 other crossbenchers in backing the amendment. The vote marks the Coalition’s 79th defeat in the Lords.
A subsequent Labour amendment to the Bill seeking to extend pilots for the payment by results offender management scheme fell by 188 votes to 209.
Staff at the Ministry of Justice have expressed concerns about Chris Grayling's plan to privatise prison probation services, reports suggest.
A risk register has been seen by newspapers which warns there could be an "unacceptable drop in operational performance" and "reputation damage" for the MoJ from the plan.
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