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Prison Inmates (Remission)

Volume 84: debated on Tuesday 22 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Her Majesty's Government plan to restore the remaining 50 per cent. of remission lost by prisoners in the Maze prison during the hunger strike, or to provide conditions under which it would be restored; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 21 October 1985, c. 59]: At the end of the hunger strike in October 1981, it was decided to restore 50 per cent. of remission lost prior to 1 November 1981, except in cases of violent behaviour in prison, to prisoners who conformed to prison rules for a period of 3 months. The arrangements were wholly exceptional; there has been no across the board restoration of lost remission since then, and no such measure is contemplated.