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Ministerial Corrections
01 May 2018
Volume 640

Ministerial Corrections

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Justice

Prison Officer Recruitment

The following is an extract from Questions to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 24 April.

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What progress his Department is making on recruiting 2,500 new prison officers.

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What progress his Department is making on recruiting 2,500 new prison officers.

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Retaining and recruiting engaged and motivated staff is critical to delivering the solutions to drive improvement across the service. Between the end of October 2016 and the end of March 2018, we have increased prison officer numbers by 3,111 full-time equivalent staff. This is already significantly over our target of 2,500 additional staff by the end of December 2018. Investing in the frontline is vital for safety, rehabilitation and security, which is why we are spending £100 million a year in additional prison officers.

[Official Report, 24 April 2018, Vol. 639, c. 716.]

Letter of correction from Mr Gauke:

An error has been identified in the response I gave to my hon. Friends the Members for North Warwickshire (Craig Tracey) and for Havant (Alan Mak).

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Retaining and recruiting engaged and motivated staff is critical to delivering the solutions to drive improvement across the service. Between the end of October 2016 and the end of March 2018, we have increased prison officer numbers by 3,111. This is already significantly over our target of 2,500 additional staff by the end of December 2018. Investing in the frontline is vital for safety, rehabilitation and security, which is why we are spending £100 million a year in additional prison officers.

The following is an extract from Questions to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 24 April.

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If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

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I am delighted to announce that we have met and exceeded our October 2016 target of recruiting an additional 2,500 prison officers, with 3,111 full-time equivalent staff joining the prison workforce seven months ahead of schedule, 90% of whom will be on the landings by the summer. Prison officers are some of our finest public servants, and I am happy to see individuals seeking out a career in our Prison Service. Along with the rest of the workforce, those bright new recruits will ensure that prisons are safe and decent, tackle the unacceptable levels of drugs in prisons and cut the rate of reoffending.

[Official Report, 24 April 2018, Vol. 639, c. 730.]

Letter of correction from Mr Gauke:

An error has been identified in the response I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow).

The correct response should have been:

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I am delighted to announce that we have met and exceeded our October 2016 target of recruiting an additional 2,500 prison officers, with 3,111 staff joining the prison workforce seven months ahead of schedule, 90% of whom will be on the landings by the summer. Prison officers are some of our finest public servants, and I am happy to see individuals seeking out a career in our Prison Service. Along with the rest of the workforce, those bright new recruits will ensure that prisons are safe and decent, tackle the unacceptable levels of drugs in prisons and cut the rate of reoffending.