HC Deb 15 February 1973 vol 850 c393W
Mr. Dell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give, for probation and after-care committee areas, the establishment of probation officers, the numbers by which they are now under establishment and the numbers by which the establishment is being raised.

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.