§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has yet reached a decision on the cases of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
§ Mr. Brittan
On 1 March I informed the House that I was asking the local review committees at the prisons in which Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are held and the parole board to consider these cases—column311. The parole board has now recommended to me that neither Ian Brady nor Myra Hindley should be released and that the case of Ian Brady should be considered again by the local review committee where he is then held in ten years' time and that that of Myra Hindley should be similarly considered in five years' time. I have accepted these recommendations. I would repeat that the review then of these cases does not mean either that the periods of detention necessary to meet the requirements of retribution and deterrence will have been completed or be near completion; or that the parole board will recommend the release of either prisoner; or that the then Home Secretary would necessarily accept such a recommendation if it were made.