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Prisoners Release: Northern Ireland

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any prisoners transferred from a prison in Northern Ireland to a prison in England and Wales have since been released under the end of custody licence scheme. (277284)

Prisoners transferred from Northern Ireland to serve their sentences in England and Wales may be released on ECL provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Between the start of the end of custody licence (ECL) scheme in June 2007 and the end of April 2009, there have been eight transfers of prisoners from a Northern Ireland prison to a prison in England and Wales. None of these eight has been released on ECL.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.