§ 11. Mr. Thomas Cox
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met representatives of the Prison Officers' Association.
§ Mr. Cox
Is the Home Secretary aware of existing conditions in the prison service? Recruitment is down, there are frequently resignations from the service, 1157 and massive overtime now has to be worked. When will the Minister do something that will start to rebuild the confidence of prison officers that it is a job worth keeping? Many of them do not think so now.
§ Mr. Carr
I believe that the terms of the pay code for stage 3 will give allowances which will help people working unsocial hours of the sort that prison officers have to work. That possibility, of course, will now come up for review and negotiation under the code. We must wait to see what it does for prison officers, but I hope that it will be of some help, as it is intended to be.
But I do not think that the hon. Gentleman does the case any good by exaggeration.
§ Mr. Roger White
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are anomalies between the prison service and the police and that it is a matter of contention? Will he look into that, too, as a matter of urgency?