§ Mr. Norman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inspectors of HM Prisons were employed in each year since 1997. 
§ Hilary Benn
The number of inspectors employed by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for each year since 1997 is set out in the table. The number of core inspectors in column one covers full-time equivalent posts employed by or seconded to the Inspectorate, and includes the Chief and Deputy Chief Inspectors. The number of specialist inspectors in column two includes staff employed on both a full and part-time basis. Guest inspectors employed by other inspectorates, for example OFSTED, or those consultants used on an ad hoc basis, are excluded.
Core Inspectors Specialist Inspectors 1 December 1997–30 November 1998 10 7 1 December 1998–30 November 1999 10 6 1 December 1999–30 November 2000 12 6 1 August 2001–31 August 2002 14 10