HC Deb 16 March 1992 vol 205 cc790-1W
Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of prisoners in England and Wales eligible for parole, who are awaiting consideration of their applications for parole; and what was the comparable figure at the same time in 1991 and 1990.

Mrs. Rumbold

Central records show that there are now some 4,600 cases under consideration for parole and on which no decision has yet been reached. An additional unknown number of inmates will have had their reviews started locally, but the cases have not yet been received at the centre. At this time last year there were about 5,000 cases being processed at the centre. Figures for previous years are not readily available.

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