HC Deb 31 May 1968 vol 765 c293W
Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to appoint a Welsh training officer responsible for the training of probation officers in Wales.

Mr. Ennals

The professional training of applicants for the probation service is arranged centrally before they are appointed to their future probation and after-care areas, and includes practical training under experienced probation officers throughout England and Wales. Central courses for subsequent in-service training are also arranged by the Home Office. To promote the further development of in-service training, the Training Committee of the Advisory Council for Probation and After-Care has approved in principle a scheme for the appointment of regional training officers. Initially four such appointments are proposed. Their responsibilities will relate to existing groupings of probation areas. A separate training officer for Wales is not contemplated nor would the workload appear to justify it.