§ Sir Ivan Lawrence
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he proposes to introduce for interviewing life sentence prisoners for release on licence following the abolition of local review committees in September 1994.
§ Mr. Howard
I have asked the Parole Board to undertake the interviewing of life sentence prisoners currently performed by local review committees. This will include mandatory life sentence prisoners and discretionary life sentence prisoners whose tariffs have not yet expired. I am most grateful to the board for agreeing to take on this extra work.
I would also like to express my sincere thanks to all present and former members of local review committees for their outstanding contribution to the parole scheme over the last 25 years. They have given most generously of their time and I am very grateful to them for their hard work, dedication and the great care they have taken over their recommendations in this very sensitive area.