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Prisoners' Release

Justice written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Ian Swales Ian Swales Liberal Democrat, Redcar

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the availability of parole board hearings for persons imprisoned for public protection.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice and the Parole Board meet regularly to assess the Parole Board's capacity to hold oral hearings for persons imprisoned for public protection. Joint working and careful planning have enabled the Parole Board to sit more oral hearing panels a month.

The following table shows the number of IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) cases considered by the Parole Board:

2006-07 74
2007-08 253
2008-09 556
2009-10 1,432
2010-11 (to 31 December 2010) (1)1,600
(1 )Provisional

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