My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Bridget Prentice) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The role of the Parole Board has changed significantly since its creation in 1968, from an advisory body to a court-like decision-making body. It has evolved in light of legislative changes, court judgments and changing case loads, but its functions, status and resources have not been systematically considered in light of these changes.
I am today therefore announcing a consultation on options for the future of the Parole Board. The consultation period will last from 20 July 2009 until 20 November 2009.
Copies of the consultation paper have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. They are also available at www.justice.gov.uk. The ministry’s website also gives details of how to respond to the consultation exercise.