HC Deb 10 February 1994 vol 237 c447W
Mr. Hawksley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners were given Christmas parole;

(2) how many prisoners given Christmas parole failed to return at the arranged time.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Warren Hawksley, dated February 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Questions about the number of prisoners who were given Christmas parole, and how many of them failed to return at the arranged time.

Christmas parole has been taken to be any form of home leave or temporary release granted specifically to cover the period including Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 1993. The figures are as follows:

Release granted Failed to return on time
1,395 39