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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

It was right that the coalition Government abolished IPPs, which were brought in by the previous Labour Government, and there is consensus that that was the right thing to do. The difficulty is that the Parole Board now assesses in each case whether someone with an IPP sentence would be a risk to society, and the board must obviously ensure that public protection is put first. It is also right that we seek to do everything we can to rehabilitate IPP prisoners so that they can be released into the community.