Duties of Probation Officers

Part of New Clause 4 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1972.

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Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South 12:00 am, 25th May 1972

Before the hon. and learned Gentleman sits down, I do not think that at this hour we want to engage in party politics in a discussion which has broadly taken lines across the Floor, but it would be interesting if the Minister were to tell the House why it was that as far as I know there were no indications of inner revolt in the probation service when the Government to which I belonged were in office and, as far as I know, no great burden of complaint.

May I also remind the Minister that, as far as I know, at all material times my hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin (Mrs. Shirley Williams) was in a different Ministry——