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.
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: