HC Deb 26 July 1988 vol 138 c191W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of graduates who entered the prison service in each of the last three years; at what grade such people enter the service; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

All prison officer recruits enter at unified grade VIII. An accelerated promotion scheme has recently been introduced under which selected graduates and other exceptionally able candidates may progress swiftly to the senior ranks. Across the service as a whole, staff are recruited to a wide range of disciplines. Information about the numbers who are graduates is not readily available, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.