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Prisoners (Police Custody)

Volume 22: debated on Wednesday 28 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the longest period of time that a prisoner has been held in a police cell so far in the current year.

A prisoner held overnight in police custody is generally held for one night, or at weekends for two or three nights, before being transferred to a prison. An analysis of individual cases could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.