§ 23. Mr. Boyden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present shortage of probation officers; and in what areas the shortage is most serious.
§ Mr. Boyden
Would the hon. Lady not agree that great damage to recruitment to the probation service has been done by the long drawn out pay negotiations? Could the Home Office give a guarantee that in future when negotiations take place they will be speedier and that automatic arrangements will be made to review pay as it falls behind the rising cost of living?
§ Sir K. Thompson
Apart from salary negotiations, what contacts are maintained between the Department and the Association of Probation Officers to discuss means of improving conditions?