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Prison Service: Females

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to encourage more women to become prison governors. (204282)

Although the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) does not target women differentially, either in the provision of development opportunities to Prison Service employees, or in its recruitment and selection processes, it works to maximise access across all groups; and the proportion of women in the senior operational manager and operational manager grades has increased from 19.5 per cent. in April 2005 to 22.9 per cent. in April 2008. In particular, NOMS operates two fast-track schemes for direct entry into operational manager grades—the intensive development scheme and the senior prison manager programme. In the three most recent completed campaigns, 54 per cent. of SPMP recruits, and 65 per cent. of IDS recruits, have been female.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prison governors there are. (204283)

The numbers of in-charge governors and deputy governors in public sector prison establishments are as follows:


Deputy Governors







Total (excluding vacant posts)



Percentage female



The 11 contracted prison establishments (which do not use the same grading structures as the public sector service) employ four female directors (equivalent to in-charge governor) and three female deputy directors.