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Prison Officers

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the current number of prison officers; and what was the number of prisoners per staff member in each year from 1993 to 1998. [HL3061]

The total number of prison officer grades in post as at 30 June 1998 was 23,631. Staff to prisoner ratios are listed below. These figures include all grades of staff in publicly managed prisons, but exclude staff and prisoners in contractually managed prisons.

YearStaff: Prisoner Ratio
19931:1.17
19941:1.24
19951:1.26
19961:1.33

Year

Staff: Prisoner Ratio

19971:1.53
199811:1.47

1 Figures as at 30 June 1998