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Prisoners (Release)

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out in the Official Report the procedure for the temporary release of a prisoner to visit a relative suffering from a terminal illness.

An application explaining the circumstances must be made to the governor, by the prisoner or another interested party. The governor, or in certain cases prison department headquarters, can grant temporary release for a visit on medical evidence that an incurable illness has reached the terminal stage, and again when death is near.