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Parole

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many determinate sentence prisoners were considered for parole during 1979; and how many of these were granted parole;(2) what was the overall parole rate in 1979.

In 1979, of 10,156 determinate sentence prisoners who were considered for parole, 4,758 (46·8 per cent.) were granted it; of 8,125 prisoners released from prison during the year from sentences which qualified for parole, 4,964 (61 per cent.) were released on parole.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parolees from determinate sentences were recalled to prison during their parole period in 1979; what proportion this represented of those recommended for parole in 1979; and how many of those recalled had committed another offence.

A total of 421 persons on parole from determinate sentences were recalled to prison in 1979, representing 8·8 per cent. of those recommended for parole in that year. The licences of 168 were revoked primarily for having committed further offences, while 49 others were known to have committed offences whilst at large.