HC Deb 29 July 1975 vol 896 c467W
Mr. Rose

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of prison officers; and how this compares with the corresponding figure in each of the last five years.

Dr. Summerskill

The figures for the prison officer class in England and Wales at the beginning of this and the five previous financial years are as follows:

1975–76 13,994
1974–75 13,133
1973–74 13,178
1972–73 12,568
1971–72 11,420
1970–71 11,155