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

We have recruited more than 4,000 staff since 2016. The hon. Gentleman is right to identify that if the police catch more criminals and we prosecute them, there will be more people going into our prisons. That is why we have committed to investing £2.5 billion in prison places. He is also right to identify that we will need not only prison places but more prison officers. We are actually ahead of our recruitment targets in this regard. The Prison Service has been lauded as a good employer: for example, it is in the top 100 graduate employers.