Parole Board: Civil Proceedings

Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions legal proceedings were brought against the Parole Board for alleged failure to release prisoners in a timely fashion in each of the last five years; in how many of these cases the proceedings were successful; and how much compensation was paid in respect of each.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Parole Board does not hold records of all claims for compensation, only those where a payment is made. In some cases, payment may have been ex-gratia and not necessarily as a result of successful legal proceedings. Records of payments made in compensation for unacceptable delays in conducting a hearing have been kept by the Parole Board since April 2006. There have been 29 payments made since then and the amounts of each of these are contained in the following table:

£
1 7,500
2 500
3 1,500
4 4,000
5 600
6 807.50
7 4,000
8 2,231.55
9 2,000
10 1,750
11 1,500
12 3,000
13 2,000
14 6,000
15 5,000
16 1,500
17 1,750
18 4,500
19 3,000
20 1,500
21 3,000
22 1,500
23 10,000
24 10,000
25 5,000
26 3,000
27 2,000
28 12,000
29 2,000
Total 103,139.05

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