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Parole

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) of prisoners serving sentences eligible for parole in each of the years 1983, 1984 and 1985, what proportion of what percentage served (a) less than 25 per cent., (b) less than 30 per cent., (c) less than 40 per cent., (d) less than 50 per cent., (e) less than 60 per cent. and (f) less than two thirds of their sentence;(2) what proportion of prisoners sentenced were eligible for parole in each of the years 1983, 1984 and 1985.

[pursuant to my reply, 11 June 1986, c. 17]: The available information is as follows, showing separately the two halves of 1984 to reflect the reduction from 30 June 1984 in the minimum qualifying period for parole from 12 to six months. Prisoners do not serve less than one third of their sentence unless they successfully appeal, die in custody or are transferred to a psychiatric hospital or to a prison outside England and Wales. Time served owing to loss of remission is not included but would increase the overall proportion of sentence served by around 1 per cent. Further information on the periods of licence recommended and on the lengths of sentences being served is given annually on the report of the Parole Board (Table 3, Appendix 4 of the latest issue, for 1985, HMSO June 1986).

Proportion of sentence served by prisoners eligible for parole by year of discharge

England and Wales

percentages

Proportion of sentence served

1983

1984

1984

1985

Jan-June

July-Dec

Less than 25 per cent.1

*

*

*

25 but less than 30 per cent.

*

*

*

*

30 but less than 40 per cent.14132123
40 but less than 50 per cent.21202522
50 but less than 60 per cent.28303026
60 per cent. but less than two thirds37372328

* Less than 0ยท5 per cent.

In 1983 and the first half of 1984, about one tenth of prisoners discharged had been eligible for parole. In the second half of 1984 and in 1985 the proportion was about a quarter.