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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what policies and procedures on (a) (i) obtaining legal advice and (ii) other issues prior to the release of information and (b) (i) designating and (ii) authorising personnel to release information were in place when information on Jon Venables being in custody was released on or about 2 March 2010; whether changes in those policies and procedures have been made since that date; and how those policies and procedures are made available to departmental personnel.
Victims who elect to receive services under the statutory Probation Victim Contact Scheme are entitled to receive information at key stages of an offender’s sentence. In accordance with the policy for the operation of the Victim Contact Scheme, the recall of an offender to custody is regarded as information which a victim is entitled to receive. That was the case in 2010 when the offender once known as Jon Venables was recalled to custody and remains the case today.