HC Deb 24 April 2002 vol 384 c331W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recruited prison officers have been trained by the Prison Service colleges during the last 12 months. [51143]

Beverley Hughes

In total, 598 prison officers started the prison officer entry-level training course during 2001–02. This figure includes the 363 new entrants to the Prison Service during 2001–02, some new entrants recruited before 1 April 2001, and some existing staff, mainly from the operational support grade, who were regraded as officers.