§ 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.