§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East on 11 February, Official Report, column 433, why there is a different rate of remission of prison sentences as between England, Wales and Scotland and Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The difference between the rate of remission for industry and good conduct in Northern Ireland, and the rates in England and Wales and in Scotland, reflects the separate criminal justice systems within the constituent parts of the United Kingdom and the absence of a parole scheme in Northern Ireland.