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Prisoners: Parole

Volume 700: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many cases were referred by the Secretary of State to the Parole Board under (a) Section 32(4)(a) and (b) Section 32(4)(b) of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 in each of the years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. [HL2231]

The table below provides a breakdown of life sentence prisoners recalled to custody under the provisions of Section 32 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.

Number of life prisoners recalled

Year

Section 32(1)

Section 32(2)

2004

14

66

2005

21

93

2006

27

150

2007

3

130

All prisoners recalled under the provisions of Section 32(2) have their cases referred to the Parole Board under the provisions of Section 32(4)(b). We do not hold reliable central data relating to the number of referrals to the Parole Board in respect of prisoners recalled under Section 32(1) and Section 32(2) who subsequently make representations pursuant to Section 32(4)(a); to provide such information would require a manual trawl of individual case files and this would incur disproportionate cost.