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Crime: Bail

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements his Department has put in place to prevent crime being committed by suspects granted bail. (182485)

The Bail Act 1976 gives power to the courts to impose bail conditions to prevent offending on bail. These include exclusion from specified areas, not to approach witnesses or curfew at the home address.

In addition we have provided a number of options for the courts to choose from when imposing conditions. These include tagging to enforce a curfew, bail accommodation, with support, and in certain areas a requirement to undergo a drugs assessment.