§ Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland why prisoners in Scotland are not informed of the reasons for refusal of parole; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The practice of not giving reasons for refusal to grant early release on parole licence has operated since the parole scheme was introduced. The decision on whether an individual should be granted the privilege of parole is taken by my right hon. and learned Friend in the light of confidential advice from the Parole Board for Scotland.