Prisons: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered am ar 9 Chwefror 2024.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of staff working in prisons in England and Wales are not British nationals.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The quarterly HMPPS workforce statistics publication covers staffing information, and the latest publication covers data up to 30 September 2023. The number and percentage of prison staff by national identity is given in table 1 below.

Table 1: Proportion of staff working in Public Sector Prisons1 in England and Wales by national identity2, as at 30 September 2023

National Identity


Percentage of known2







Not Known/Prefer not to say





1. Includes staff working in Youth Custody Service prisons (Cookham Wood, Feltham, Werrington, Wetherby).

2. The National Identity field in SOP is a self-declared, optional field. The percentage of staff excludes those where the national identity is not known, either where the field has been left blank or staff have declared that they prefer not to disclose.

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