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Parole Qualifying Period

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 5 June 1986

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will amend the parole system so that time spent in prison on remand counts towards the six month qualifying period.

No. As parole is selective, a minimum period of time is required after sentencing during which observation, reporting and selection may take place. If remand time counted towards the qualifying period, a prisoner might be eligible for parole immediately after sentencing.