§ Dr. Summerskill
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extra prison officers will be required to staff the new prison places referred to in his answer of 4 February to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Short), Official Report, 4 February, c. 168.298W
§ Mr. Mayhew
The precise staffing requirements of new establishments are determined only after examination of the circumstances of the establishment concerned, including discussions with its management and senior staff, as part of the commissioning process before it is taken into use. Although it is therefore not possible at this stage to indicate the numbers of staff required to meet the needs of all the planned developments, it is estimated that the new accommodation due to come into use between 1982–83 and 1984–85 will require 550 staff in the prison officer class: this includes 91 officers who will be required to staff existing accommodation for 565 inmates which is being refurbished.