18 December 2018
Andrew Bridgen raises concerns at the loss of experienced officers from the prison service

Andrew Bridgen raises concerns that experienced prison officers are leaving the service and seeks reassurance from the Government that exit interviews are conducted so that issues causing them to leave can be addressed.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

It is clear that we have an issue with experienced prison officers leaving the service. Can my right hon. Friend reassure the House that, in line with best human resources practices, exit interviews are being conducted with staff before they leave so that we can address the issues that are causing them to leave the service?

Mr Gauke

My hon. Friend is right to say that that is best practice, and it does happen within the prison service. We are looking at the evidence of the effectiveness of that to ensure that we make best use of it. It is important that we learn from the experiences of prison officers and get their feedback, so that when prison officers do leave, we understand the reasons why.