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Parole Boards

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have appealed against parole board decisions in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many were granted legal aid to do so. (69735)

There is no right of appeal as such against a decision of the parole board. The only legal remedy available to a prisoner wishing to challenge such a decision is to apply to the courts for judicial review. The following table, taken from the parole board’s annual report for 2004-05, gives a breakdown of the number of judicial reviews for each of the previous five years. The number of cases granted legal aid is not held centrally and to provide this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Judicial reviews of parole board decisions

Number

2000-01

71

2001-02

52

2002-03

59

2003-04

56

2004-05

56