HC Deb 19 November 1959 vol 613 c154W
74. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that in the London area the normal case load of a probation officer is 150; and what he proposes to do to improve this situation.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The average case load of men officers in London is at present about eighty, and that of women officers is forty-one. I am greatly concerned that case loads for men have become in general too high and are still increasing. I am endeavouring to recruit an additional twenty-two trained officers, and meanwhile I am, so far as possible, employing temporary officers to help with the work. Eight men who are being specially trained for London will begin to take a share of work next month, and another special training course will start in February. In addition, I hope to continue to attract to the London Service some of the men who complete the national courses of training for probation work.