§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the general rules which operate in cases affecting early release on parole of convicted criminals.
§ Mr. Carlisle
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, if recommended to do so by the Parole Board, may release on licence a person who has completed one-third or twelve months of his sentence whichever is the longer. Regard is paid, among other things, to the nature of the offence, response to prison treatment, prospects on release and the possibility of risk to the public.