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Police Complaints

Volume 116: debated on Friday 15 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of those persons arrested by the police under emergency legislation in 1986 in Northern Ireland (a) how many asked for access to a legal adviser during the first 48 hours in custody following arrest; (b) how many asked for access after the first 48 hours in custoody; and (c) how many requests were granted respectively.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 May 1987, c. 536]: Information available shows that 550 persons asked to see a solicitor while detained under the emergency legislation. The information is not readily available in a form which would show how long after arrest their requests were made. All the requests were granted; 535 were granted after 48 hours had elapsed and 15 within 48 hours of arrest.