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Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now allow the Parole Board to give reasons for refusing parole.

Before reaching a decision on the desirability of giving reasons, about which we shall need to enter into various consultations, we are awaiting the results of a feasibility experiment by a number of local review committees. This is necessary because the majority of parole refusals result from recommendations of local review committees, not from those of the Parole Board.