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Prisoners (Release)

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the procedures for announcing to the press and public that named prisoners are being released from goal.

My Department does not announce the release of named prisoners except in some instances of the exercise of the Royal Prerogative—and then never in advance of release. This policy is based on the need to protect the privacy of the individual concerned.