§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current number of probation officers in the probation service; and what is the average number of cases an officer deals with in a year.197W
§ Mr. John Patten
The number of probation officers in post in 1988 was 6,604 (whole-time equivalents) and the average number of persons under supervision by a maingrade officer on general duties (that is, excluding community service orders) was 29 (tables 10.1 and 11.1 of "Probation Statistics, England and Wales, 1988"). In 1989, the number of probation officers was 6,750.