HC Deb 29 March 1996 vol 274 c790W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 25 March,Official Report, column 404, what conditions were imposed by the discretionary lifer panel on the release of Noel Gibson, Sean Kinsella and Stephen Nordare; when those conditions were removed; what decision has been made in respect of Brendan Dowd; when the Northern Ireland Parole Board is going to consider the case of Paul Norney; and if he will make a statement. [23760]

Miss Widdecombe

In addition to the standard conditions imposed on all life licensees, Noel Gibson, Sean Kinsella and Stephen Nordone were required to live initially at addresses in England or Wales in order to comply with the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. In response to recommendations from the Probation Service and the Parole Board, these conditions were removed on 18 March, thus allowing the men to leave the country.

Mr. Dowd's request to be repatriated to the Irish Republic has been granted and he has consented to this. It is now for the Irish Government to confirm their consent by obtaining a warrant for his removal to, and continued detention in, the Republic.

The timing of the referral to the Northern Ireland life sentence review board of the case of Paul Norney is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

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