HC Deb 31 May 1954 vol 528 c57W
52. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to increase the staff and reduce overcrowding at Wandsworth Gaol.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Six additional posts—one principal officer and five discipline officers—were recently added to the complement at Wandsworth prison

Number of prisoners (25th May, 1954) Staff in Post 25th May, (All ranks) Ratio (b) to (a) Ratio (d) to (a)
General discipline duties Specialist duties Total officers
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Wandsworth 1,660 133 77 210 1:12.5 1:8
Singleshift prisons * 14,969 1,894 703 2,597 1:7.9 1:5.8
Three-shift prisonst 3,817 643 224 867 1:6 1:4.4
All prisons 18,786 2,537 927 3,464 1:7.4 1:5.4

* Includes Wandsworth Prison.

†The three-shift system (which is in operation at two central prisons, three corrective-training prisons, five regional training prisons and one young prisoners' centre) is a system whereby the prison is manned by an early, a late and a main shift, the main shift overlapping the other two and covering certain fixed posts in the prison.