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Prisoners Release: Compensation

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid in compensation for board to prisoners who have been released early in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (147551)

I have presumed that the hon. Gentleman refers to ‘compensation for board’ as the subsistence payment in lieu of benefits made to prisoners being released on an end of custody licence (ECL) and that 'released early' refers to the ECL, home detention curfew (HDC) or parole.

The ECL came into use on 29 June 2007 and no figures are yet available for the amount which has been paid for subsistence. This payment is made because prisoners on an ECL are released under temporary licence from prison in accordance with the provisions of the Prisons Act 1952 and, as such, are statutorily ineligible to receive benefits payments.

Prisoners released on HDC or on parole receive benefits payments, if eligible within normal terms so there is no additional payment.