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

I thank my hon. Friend for raising the profile of the work of prison officers in his Westminster Hall debate last year, as well as this morning in questions, and for participating and promoting the excellent Prison Service parliamentary scheme. He is right to refer to prison officers as “brave public servants”, and the Secretary of State referred to them in his conference speech as “unsung heroes”. We made offers to staff to reduce the pension age in 2013 and 2017, but both offers were rejected by the Prison Officers Association.