§ Sir Ivan Lawrence
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are now expected to leave the Prison Service as a result of the voluntary early retirement and severance scheme. 
[holding answer 17 February 1997]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Tilt to Sir Ivan Lawrence, dated 18 February 1997:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the Prison Service voluntary early retirement and severance scheme.1090 members of staff have accepted offers of early retirement or severance. We are awaiting replies to offers that have been made to a further 57 staff.