HC Deb 07 February 1977 vol 925 cc522-3W
Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how, and by whom, parole boards are appointed; what qualifications are required; and how many parole boards are now in operation.

Mr. John

The chairman and members of the Parole Board are appointed by the Home Secretary in accordance with Section 59(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1967. Schedule 2 to the Act requires that the Parole Board shall include among its members: (a) a person who holds or has held judicial office; (b) a registered medical practitioner who is a psychiatrist; (c) a person appearing to the Secretary of State to have knowledge and experience of the supervision or after-care of discharged prisoners; and (d) a person appearing to the Secretary of State to have made a study of the causes of delinquency or the treatment of offenders.

There is one Parole Board for England and Wales. Full details of membership and information about the methods of working of the board are included in reports which are laid annually before Parliament.