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Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of notices of successful parole applications give less than a month's warning of release; and what proportion give less than six weeks.

The information is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Unless there are special factors, prisoners are released as soon as possible after a decision has been taken to grant parole and the necessary arrangements for residence and for supervision in the community have been made.