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Prison Service: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prison officers, (b) prisoners and (c) prisoners per prison officer there were at the end of each year since 1997. (204481)

Information on the number of officer grade staff, prisoners and the number of prisoners per officer across the Prison Service, including both public sector and contracted estates is contained in the following table:

Officers, prisoners and prisoner to officer ratio31 MarchOfficers1, 4Prisoners2Prisoners per officer3199723,05856,6712.4199823,44463,3732.5199924,11365,3462.5200024,34665,1532.5200124,02364,6802.5 200223,32467,6332.7200323,84271,4982.7200425,66473,6582.8200526,48074,8082.8200626,93576,5642.8200727,34678,8802.9200828,06280,6762.9 1 Includes prison officers, senior officers and principal officers within the public sector Prison Service and custody officers and senior custody officers within contracted establishments, where available. 2 Average prisoner population across the year has been used, 2007-08 figure is provisional. 3 Prisoners held at contracted establishments where officer numbers are not available have been excluded from the calculation. 4 Data for Lowdham Grange prior to March 2005 and Rye Hill prior to 2006 are not available due to archiving and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. Data prior to 2004 are available only for one establishment, Parc, and information prior to 1999 is not available and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.