HC Deb 30 November 1948 vol 458 c172W
Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the number of governors who have been newly appointed to the Prison Service during the past year; whether or not they are in charge of prisons; the number who had no previous experience of civil prison work; and what qualifications are necessary for these appointments.

Mr. Ede

As regards governors appointed during the past year to take charge of prisons I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Central Cardiff (Mr. G. Thomas) on 11th November on this subject. In addition there have been 15 appointments to the training grade, which includes housemasters in Borstals and assistant governors in prisons. Of the persons so appointed three prison officers and one clerical officer were from the Prison Service and 11 were from outside. The qualifications necessary for this grade are related to personality, vocation for the work and education. The necessary experience before appointment to the governorship of an establishment is obtained within the service