HC Deb 04 April 1963 vol 675 c608
10. Mr. Compton Carr

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what considerations he is giving to the future of the probation service in London.

Mr. Brooke

I hope shortly to be in a position to circulate proposals to those concerned, for their comments. Meanwhile I wish to express my gratitude to Judge Aarvold for accepting my invitation to become chairman of the London Probation Committee, which advises me on the administration of the London Probation Service under present arrangements.

Mr. Carr

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the very great pleasure his announcement will cause among the members of the probation service in London?

Mr. Brooke

I am obliged to my hon. Friend.

Mr. C. Royle

Can the hon. Gentleman say if there has been any improvement in recruitment following the improved salaries for probation officers?

Mr. Brooke

Yes, Sir. As the hon. Member probably knows, I am extremely glad that it was possible to reach that settlement on probation officers' pay. We are, of course, still short of probation officers, so if the hon. Member can help me in increasing recruitment I should be grateful to him.