Prerogative of Mercy

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is his policy to publish the names of people in England and Wales where the Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been used.

Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been used in England and Wales in the last 20 years for which information is available.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

There are no statutory requirements relating to the publication of pardons granted under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy. However, by convention, the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery places a notice of free pardons granted in England and Wales in the London Gazette.

In the past 20 years, only two free pardons were granted by Her Majesty the Queen in England in 2009 and 2014 respectively. I am not aware of any other pardons (by use of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy) that have been granted in the UK.

However, with regard to Remission Pardons for England & Wales no records are held for the period prior to 1 February 2013; since that time the Royal Prerogative of Mercy has not been exercised.

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