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Imprisonment (Pre-Trial Custody)

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent a period spent in custody prior to the granting of bail subsequently reduces the length of any sentence later imposed on conviction at trial; if he has any proposals for amending Section 67 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967; and if there is any difference in the situation if no bail before trial is ever granted.

Provided a person is not in custody for any reason other than the offence or offences for which he is to be tried, any period or periods spent in custody before trial are deducted from a determinate sentence of imprisonment subsequently imposed in respect of the offence or offences. This applies whether or not part of the time awaiting trial is spent on bail. We have no proposals to amend Section 67 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967.