§ Sir John Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what directions he has given to the Parole Board as to the matters it should take into account when discharging its functions regarding the early release and recall of determinate sentenced prisoners under the Criminal Justice Act 1991.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I have written to the chairman of the Parole Board to give him directions which the board should apply when considering the release and recall of prisoners. The directions are based on the need to protect the public from serious harm from offenders, the desirability of preventing further offending and of securing the offenders' rehabilitation. They will be applied to all parole-elegible prisoners from 1 October this year when part II of the Criminal Justice Act comes into effect.
Copies of the letter and the directions will be made available in the Libraries of both the Houses.