244 Duty to release prisoners
244 Duty to release prisoners

(1)     As soon as a fixed-term prisoner, other than a prisoner to whom section [243A[, 244A][, 246A] or] 247 applies, has served the requisite custodial period [for the purposes of this section], it is the duty of the Secretary of State to release him on licence under this section.

[(1A)     Subsection (1) does not apply if the prisoner has been released on licence under section 246 [or 248] and recalled under section 254 (provision for the release of such persons being made by sections 255B and 255C).]

(2)     . . .

(3)     [For the purposes of this section] “the requisite custodial period” means—

(a)     [in relation to a prisoner serving one sentence], one-half of his sentence,

(b)     . . .

(c)     . . . and