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Prison Service

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are employed in the prison service; and of these, how many are primarily associated with custodial duties and how many with remedial and rehabilitation duties.

On 1 April 1982 a total of 21,693½ staff of all grades were employed in prison department establishments in England and Wales. To the extent that their duties involve them in contact with prisoners, all staff have a duty to encourage their rehabilitation within the appropriate level of security, and it is not possible to make the distinction the hon. Member seeks.