Prisons: Staffing Levels

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

In my first orals in this role, I am very pleased to pay tribute to the hard work of all our prison staff. I have had the opportunity, since I was appointed, to visit a number of prisons and I have seen at first hand the dedication of their staff. It is critical that we recruit and retain staff to keep our prisons secure. We have invested significantly in increasing staff numbers, recruiting a net total of an additional 4,366 prison officers between October 2016 and June 2019, surpassing our original target of 2,500, and we will continue to recruit officers to ensure that our prisons are decent and safe.