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Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he intends to introduce a parole board scheme in Northern Ireland.

I am exploring the possibility of introducing in Northern Ireland, where at present no parole board system exists, a scheme on the lines of that introduced in Great Britain by the Criminal Justice Act 1967. There are, however, many differences in prison circumstances which need to be considered, and I shall be consulting widely before coming to a decision.