When the scheme was announced by the Lord Chancellor's predecessor in June 2007, he described it as a temporary measure. Since then, some 47,500 prisoners have been released early, of whom more than 950 have offended while on licence; those offences include three murders and two rapes. In the circumstances, did not the Secretary of State agree that when his colleague Lord Bach said last month that
"it is not entirely a satisfactory scheme"—[ Hansard, House of Lords, 20 January 2009; Vol. 706, c. 1555]
he was guilty of the greatest understatement imaginable? Is it not, in fact, a positively dangerous scheme, and when does he propose to end it?
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