HC Deb 11 February 1982 vol 17 cc427-8W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, and to what extent, there are any differences in the regulations for the remission of prison sentences in Northern Ireland compared with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Mayhew

Essentially, the rate of remission of prison sentences for industry and good conduct is one-third in England and Wales and in Scotland, and one-half in Northern Ireland. Parole, which operates in England and Wales and in Scotland, has not been introduced in Northern Ireland, where as from 1 March 1976 a person sentenced to imprisonment for over one year would be conditionally released for the remitted portion of his sentence.