HC Deb 03 November 1966 vol 735 cc146-7W
Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a comprehensive list of all prisoners who have escaped from gaols in Great Britain is compiled; and whether the Press are allowed access to this list.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

A comprehensive record is kept of all prisoners who have escaped from prisons in England and Wales since 1st January, 1962, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland has similar information in respect of Scotland. Relevant information from these records is given to the Press on request.

Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in HANSARD the number of jail breaks during the current year from closed prisons, open prisons, outside working parties, while under escort, from hostels or failure to return from parole, respectively; and if he will give similar details for the years 1962 to date.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Following are the figures:

control probation officers have been under wage and salary restraint and standstill since 1948; and whether, in this case, he will take action to see that either a salary increase is granted or a special merit award is conceded.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Salaries of all grades of the service have periodically increased and the basic scale salaries have increased by 165 per cent. since 1949; earlier this year a higher salary scale was introduced by agreement for basic grade probation officers. Salary scales for higher grades were still under review on 20th July, and I regret that I can find no grounds for exceping them from the operation of the White Paper on Prices and Incomes Standstill.