HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 c660W
Mr. Nelson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the ratio of probation officers to convicted offenders for the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Dr. Summerskill:

In 1977 in England and Wales there were, on average, between two and a half and three probation officers in post for every 1,000 persons found guilty of indictable or non-indictable, including motoring, offences.

Mr. Stan Crowther

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to institute the major review of salaries in the probation service which the Butterworth report, in August 1972, recommended should take place in about three years, using similar methods to that inquiry.

Dr. Summerskill:

A working party comprising members from both sides of the Joint Negotiating Committee of the Probation and After-Care Service, appointed in 1977, is examining the pay structure of the service. Its terms of reference require it to take account of changes in the Service's functions, work and structure since the Butterworth inquiry and of relativities with other groups.