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Prisoners (Home Leave)

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in force to ensure that prisoners on home leave in England from Northern Ireland are prevented from having that home leave by arrest and detention without any charges being preferred.

There are no such arrangements. When it is known that a prisoner in Northern Ireland intends to travel to England on his release from prison, or on home leave, the chief constable of the area he wishes to visit will be told. It will be for the chief constable to take any action that he considers appropriate.