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Volume 977: debated on Wednesday 30 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1)which bodies will be asked to provide evidence to the inquiry into the parole system; and if an independent chairman will be appointed;(2) when the inquiry into the parole system, as recommended by the 15th Expenditure Committee report on prison pressures will be set up; and what will be its terms of reference.

I am not persuaded that an inquiry into the parole system is necessary. It is my intention, however, that a review of the working of the parole scheme should be published shortly.