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Parole

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for parole have been heard in each of the last five years; and how many of these applications were successful in each year. (79918)

The following table gives the total number of releases of determinate sentence prisoners on parole, broken down by fiscal year, for each of the last five years, as set out in the annual report and accounts of the Parole Board for England and Wales 2004-05.

Cases considered

Number granted1

As percentage of cases considered1

2000-01

5,576

2,584

46.3

2001-02

5,514

2,791

50.6

2002-03

6,012

3,175

52.8

2003-04

6,038

3,206

53.1

2004-05

7,297

3,794

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1 Excludes cases where the Parole Board’s recommendation of parole was not accepted by the Home Secretary (as the Home Secretary is the arbiter of parole applications in respect of determinate sentence prisoners serving a sentence of 15 years or more) and those where the decision to allow parole was suspended before release