§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time taken to process parole applications. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
The parole timetable for determinate sentenced prisoners specifies that the review process should be complete, and the result notified to the prisoner, within 24 weeks of the scheduled start date for the review.
Over the past four quarters, the average time taken is as follows:
weeks Average time taken to process reviews April 1998–June 1998 24.7 July 1998–September 1998 24.0 October 1998–December 1998 24.0 January 1999–March 1999 22.1