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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy regarding the appointment of retired military personnel to the prison service; and how many such appointments are currently held.
Mr. Merlyn Rees
I regard retired members of Her Majesty's Forces as a valuable source of recruitment to the prison service, and there are standing arrangements with forces resettlement officers for giving talks to retirement courses about a prison officer career. Advertisements are also placed in forces' periodicals. Information about numbers of retired military personnel in the prison service is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.