§ 18. Mr. C. Pannell
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give the numbers of men who applied to enrol in the prison service in each year over the past five years, stating the number of those who were in terviewed, the number who were rejected during a probationary period, and the numbers finally accepted, in England and Wales, and for Her Majesty's Prison, Armley, Leeds, separately.
§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Lord Privy Seal (Mr. R. A. Butler)
As the Answer involves a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Pannell
Does the Home Secretary appreciate that that reply is rather unsatisfactory? I have waited a long time for these figures and it would have been much more convenient to question the right hon. Gentleman on the Floor of the House about the high number of entrants and the relatively low number who get through. Is he aware that I have pursued this matter over a large number of years, that it has been raised in debate and that no one, least of all the right hon. Gentleman, could be satisfied with that sort of figures?
§ Mr. Butler
I do not know what the hon. Member means by "that sort of figures". The table would take at least five minutes to assimilate and about a
|RECRUITMENT FIGURES OF PRISON OFFICERS (MEN) FOR THE YEARS 1954–1958 FOR APPLICANTS FROM THE WHOLE OF ENGLAND AND WALES AND FROM THE LEEDS AREA|
|Total for England and Wales||Leeds|
|Applications received||4,062||2,664||2,404||4,490||5,630||(all applications are addressed to the Prison Commissioners).|
|Rejected on interview||1,402||839||645||1,366||1,754||86||62||52||119||159|
|Rejected on references, and further check on height, etc||692||418||358||626||697||20||12||6||22||12|
|(1) The figures on the chart are not self-contained since there is a carrying over from one year to another of applications at intermediate stages of consideration.|
|(2) The figures of applicants interviewed and rejected do not include persons who withdrew, resigned, failed to join for training, or who were advised to apply later.|