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Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether all the recommendations in regard to staffing levels and security measures outlined in the Baker report have been met.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 May 1985, c. 3]: The Government have announced their acceptance in principle of the main conclusions of Sir George Baker's review of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978. Detailed consideration of his recommendations is now being given with a view to making proposals to amend this legislation.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the numbers of maximum security prisoners in each prison in Northern Ireland; and how the staffing levels to deal with them compare with the staffing levels required for similar prisoners in Great Britain.

BelfastMaze CompoundMaze CellularMagilliganArmaghHydebank
Governor Grades9416724
Chief Officers429222
Principal Officers27193816513
Senior Officers512946241015
Clerical Grades2618331179
Trades Staff42225421618
The new prison at Maghaberry is expected to have a requirement for about 550 staff.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civilians are employed as teachers and instructors at each prison in Northern Ireland.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 May 1985, c. 3]: Numbers are as follows:

EstablishmentFull-Time TeachersCivilian Instructors
HM Prison, ArmaghNilNil
HM Prison, Belfast1Nil
HM Prison, Maze Compound523
HM Prison, Maze Cellular
HM Prison, Magilligan111
HM Young Offenders Centre Hydebank Wood48
There are also three civilian chief instructors who are not directly involved in instructional duties. In addition, a panel of part-time teachers is maintained at each establishment, together making 105. The services of these teachers are called upon as required.