asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received requesting the temporary release on compassionate grounds of members of the Clarke family to attend their mother's funeral in Liverpool.
We have received oral representations from two hon. Members and others in the local community.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the criteria for prisoners being allowed home to attend funerals of parents; and if he will make a statement.
Prisoners are normally allowed to attend the funeral of a parent or close relative unless there are positive reasons to the contrary, for example the risk of escape or security. Each case is judged according to the individual circumstances.