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Prison Service

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's plans are for increasing staff in the prison service; what would be the cost in salaries and related expenditure; and what is the current ratio of staff to offenders.

The White Paper"The Government's Expenditure Plans 1978–79 to 1981–82 "—Cmnd. 7049—includes the following provision for increases in the total average number of non-industrial staff in the prison service in England and Wales by comparison with the figures for 1977–78:

Staff numbersFinancial provision (£ million)
1977–7820,130115·2
1978–7921,241118·2
1979–8021,827119·5
The current ratio of non-industrial staff to inmates in England and Wales is 1:2·1.