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Prison Service: Manpower

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the shortfall is of prison staff at (a) operational support grade, (b) prison officer, (c) senior prison officer, (d) principal prison officer and (e) governor grade level; and if she will make a statement. (137485)

The shortfall against staffing requirement across the public sector Prison Service in the specified grades is shown in the table. Contracted prisons have different grade structures and are therefore excluded.

Shortfall against operational staffing requirement


Shortfall at 30 April 20071,2,3

Operational Support Grades


Prison Officer


Senior Officer


Principal Officer


Operational Managers (previously known as Governors)


1 The shortfall is shown after accounting for the contribution of contracted supplementary hours among officers and agency staff for OSGs and is the sum of shortfalls at all establishments that have a shortfall in one or more grade types.

2 The totals have not been offset by surpluses at other locations.

3 The information is derived from the Personnel Corporate Database, Oracle HRMS and Quarterly Forecast Change Forms. These systems are liable to the normal inaccuracies associated with any large-scale reporting systems.