§ Mr. George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current average staff to prisoner ratio in category C prisons. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. George Howarth, dated 5 March 1997:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the current staff to prisoner ratio in category C prisons.There are 12,840 prisoners held in dedicated category C training prisons, including Buckley Hall prison which is managed by Group 4.The requested provisional information is shown below.
Prisoners Staff Ratio 12,840 9,842 1:1.3