HC Deb 25 February 1971 vol 812 cc249-50W
Mr. Blaker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the arrangements in Hong Kong for the review of sentences of long-term prisoners.

Mr. Anthony Boyle

It is normal for the sentences of all long-term prisoners in Hong Kong to be reviewed regularly by the Prison Board of Review which makes recommendations to the Governor. The prisoner's state of health and conduct in prison and the circumstances of his offence are all taken into account during this review together with any other relevant factors. At a recent meeting, for example, the Board recommended that the varying sentences passed on a number of prisoners for comparable offences should be brought into line. As a result some 24 prisoners are being released on 25th February in accordance with the Governor's instructions.