§ 23. Mr. Redhead
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the latest available figures of the approved establishment of prison officer grades in Her Majesty's prisons and the number actually in post.
§ Mr. Redhead
Whilst appreciating that the figures now given show an appreciable improvement in the staffing conditions, may I ask if the hon. and learned Gentleman does not agree that the continuing condition of staff shortage is minimising the possibilities of improvements which are requisite in the prison service? Will he not agree that it is time that an active and independent review was undertaken of the methods of recruitment, the attractiveness of the service, its competency and so on?