246 Power to release prisoners on licence before required to do so

246  Power to release prisoners on licence before required to do so

(1)     Subject to subsections (2) to (4), the Secretary of State may—

(a)     release on licence under this section a fixed-term prisoner. . . at any time during the period of 135 days ending with the day on which the prisoner will have served the requisite custodial period, . . .

(b)     . . ..

(2)     Subsection (1)(a) does not apply in relation to a prisoner unless—

(a)     the length of the requisite custodial period is at least 6 weeks, [and

(b)     he has served—

(i)     at least 4 weeks of that period, and

(ii)     at least one-half of that period].

(3)     . . .

(4)     Subsection (1) does not apply where—

(a)     the sentence is imposed under section [226A,] 227[, 228 or 236A] [or under section 265, 266, 278 or 279 of the Sentencing Code],

[(aa)     the sentence is for a term of 4 years or more,]

[(ab)     the prisoner is one to whom section 247A applies,]

(b)     the sentence is for an offenc

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