Worboys Case and the Parole Board Debate

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David Hanson

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Worboys Case and the Parole Board

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Wednesday 28th March 2018

(2 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Gauke Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Mar 2018, 2:02 p.m.

First, let me put on record my tribute to my hon. Friend for his tireless work on this case, as he has been a very strong advocate for the victims. On transparency, as I said, I hope that we can make progress in the course of the next few weeks. It is not for me to determine when the Parole Board will next look at John Worboys’ case, but I would be astonished if it were before we had new rules on transparency in place.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Mar 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Let me place on record, if I may, that Nick Hardwick is a decent man whom I have known for a long time professionally and personally. He has taken his resignation seriously today. With regard to the Secretary of State’s abolition of rule 25, he used the words “in its current form”. What areas of transparency does he expect still to be exempt?

Mr Gauke Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Mar 2018, 2:04 p.m.

The challenge in this—having seen in this case the decision notice by the Parole Board—is that there might be, for example, information provided by the prisoner to a psychologist, as part of the risk assessment, that is deeply personal. In order to have openness between, say, a prisoner and a psychologist, it must be possible for some of that information to remain confidential, so we cannot put everything out there. Indeed, there may be information relevant to victims that they would not want to be put into the public domain. As I say, a summary of the conclusions that the Parole Board has reached should be made available. The points made by Members on both sides of the House in saying that greater transparency is needed are absolutely right.