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Parole Board

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases the Parole Board considered in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; (279233)

(2) how many and what proportion of offenders were granted oral hearings by the Parole Board in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09;

(3) how many of the offenders who were granted oral hearings by the Parole Board were subsequently granted parole in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

In 2007-08 the Parole Board considered a total of 31,172 cases. Approximately 8 per cent. were considered by oral hearing, which equates to 2,072 three-member hearings and 459 one-member hearings. Of those a total of 16 per cent. of offenders were recommended for release.

In 2008-09 the Parole Board considered a total of 28,596 cases. Approximately 10 per cent. were considered by oral hearing, which equates to 2,335 three-member hearings and 422 one-member hearings. Of those a total of 16 per cent. of offenders were recommended for release.