§ Mr. Carlisle
On 31st December 1972, 3,939 established officers of all grades were in post and it is estimated that about 250 main grade posts were then vacant. The Government's intention is that up to 5,000 whole-time probation officers should be in post by the end of 1975. My right hon. Friend's approval is not required for the creation of main grade officer posts and I regret that exact establishment figures are not available.