asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish the figures from reports by chief officers of police (pursuant to circular No. 74/1978) of (a) the total number of arrests in the force area during the period, (b) the total number of cases in which, following a request under section 62, the proviso has been applied and the result has been that the arrested person has been detained at the police station or other place of custody for four hours or more without an attempt being made to convey the intimation, and (c) the total number of such cases in which the corresponding delay has been 24 hours or more, since 30 November 1978 when the figures were last given.
The information for 1978 was published in the "Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary 1978" (HC 1351) and the "Report of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis for the year 1978" (Cmnd. 7580). Information for 1979 will be published towards the end of March in a Home Office statistical bulletin, a copy of which will be placed in the Library of the House.