Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

On 4 February 2019 the Government published its review of the Parole Board Rules and the response to the public consultation on the reconsideration of parole decisions. These publications confirmed our intention to introduce a new reconsideration mechanism that will enable parole decisions to be challenged without the need to resort to costly and time-consuming judicial review proceedings. Victims will be able to ask officials in Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service to consider challenging a decision on their behalf. Before it can be implemented, provision must be made in the Parole Board Rules by secondary legislation to establish the legal power needed for decisions to be reconsidered. It will also be necessary to put in place the resources needed to operate the new mechanism and the associated guidance, training, documentation and electronic systems. We expect to be able to lay the new Rules before parliament and implement the new scheme by the summer.

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