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Jury Vetting

Volume 983: debated on Tuesday 29 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the date of the two letters from his Department to the chief constable of Northamptonshire about jury vetting, referred to in Lord Belstead's letter of 21 April to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury; what was the date of his Department's letter to the Association of Chief Police Officers referred to; and what was the date of the association's reply described in that letter.

As I stated in my reply to a question by the hon. Member for Battersea, South (Mr. Dubs) on 5 March, my Department wrote on 1 May 1979 and 26 February 1980 to the chief constable of Northamptonshire, and on 5 July 1979 to the Association of Chief Police Officers, which replied on 20 July.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are possessed by the Association of Chief Police Officers to allow it to perform the task requested of it, as described in Lord Belstead's letter of 21 April to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury.

PERSONS RECEIVED ON REMAND IN PRISON DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHMENTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES 1971–78, BY ULTIMATE DISPOSAL
YearTotal number of persons received Year on remandUltimate disposal not knownPercentage Known to have received a custodial sentenceKnown to have not received a custodial sentence
197165,25914653
197258,46524751
197359,62234354
197464,98174350
197568,38864549
197660,16954847
197758,26874944
1978*52,58175241
* Revised since the issue of Cmnd.7626.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of time people can be remanded in custody; if he will review the conditions of those remanded in custody; and if he will make a statement.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has no statutory powers but serves as a representative body for chief officers, which my Department regularly consults on matters affecting the police service as a whole.