HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 c1W
Mr. Soley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider introducing a conditional release scheme similar to that operating in Northern Ireland in order to reduce pressure on the prison system.

Mr. Whitelaw

Whilst I am prepared to consider any measures which would reduce pressure on the prison system, a conditional release scheme as operated in Northern Ireland—where there is no parole system—would be incompatible with the existing parole scheme operated in England and Wales.

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