25. Mr. Robert G. Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his Department's proposals in respect of the automatic early release of convicted offenders. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
We will abolish automatic early release in the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill. In future, early release of prisoners will be dependent on their behaviour in custody and will he limited to a maximum of 12 days every two months.