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Prisons: Officers

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of prison officers in England and Wales employed in each of the past five years broken down by (a) ethnicity, (b) religious faith, and (c) gender. [HL1298]

Information on the number of prison officers, senior officers and principal officers in England and Wales, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) gender is contained in the tables below. The religious faith of prison officers is not currently recorded.

Prison Officer, Senior Officer and Principal Officers By Ethnicity1

Date

Asian

Black

Mixed

Other Ethnic Group

White

Not Stated/Blank

31-Dec-04

210

483

157

170

21,273

2,062

31-Dec-05

238

518

196

175

22,239

1,196

31-Dec-06

251

538

231

180

22,799

775

31-Dec-07

261

554

252

185

22,621

1,490

31-Dec-08

273

554

266

182

22,896

1,777

Prison Officer, Senior Officer and Principal Officers By Gender1

Date

Male

Female

Total

31-Dec-04

19,510

4,845

24,355

31-Dec-05

19,485

5,077

24,562

31-Dec-06

19,384

5,390

24,774

31-Dec-07

19,672

5,691

25,363

3l-Dec-08

19,910

6,038

25,948

1 Public sector Prison Service only. Information is not available for private prisons.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the numbers of prison officers in England and Wales who are literate in (a) Urdu, (b) Arabic, (c) Hindi, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) Turkish, (f) Kurdish, (g) Albanian, and (h) Persian. [HL1299]

There is not a requirement for the Ministry of Justice to hold information on which languages are spoken by prison officers.