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Bail: Northern Ireland

Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 February (WA 35) concerning bail conditions in Northern Ireland, why bail records are not held centrally. [HL2082]

At this time no technical solution is available to enable the flow of cross-agency information required to provide a central bail record.

The Causeway system, as part the next phase of its development scheduled for later this year, will hold bail records within its central data base.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker of 19 February (WA 35) concerning bail conditions in Northern Ireland, what is the disproportionate cost of providing data on bail conditions. [HL2083]

The original Question asked how many people committed offences while on bail in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years. As this data are not recorded centrally, a manual trawl of all crime records would need to be undertaken. This exercise would cost in excess of the current limit of £700 as set by the Cabinet Office.