Parole Board Recommendations: Open Conditions - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:28 am on 25 May 2023.

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Photo of Lord Pannick Lord Pannick Crossbench 11:28, 25 May 2023

My Lords, in March, the High Court held that the previous Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, had acted unlawfully by instructing probation officers not to give the Parole Board their view of the risks of release of particular prisoners if that conflicted with his views. Can the Minister assure me that the new Secretary of State for Justice, Alex Chalk, who I warmly welcome to his post, has a better understanding of the importance of the independence of the Parole Board and its processes?