Northern Ireland (Prison Management)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 4th March 1992.

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Photo of Mr James Kilfedder Mr James Kilfedder , North Down 3:31 pm, 4th March 1992

I join in the expressions of thanks to Lord Colville for his report and to the prison staff for their excellent work in difficult circumstances.

There is a real problem with lengthy remands in custody. Has the Secretary of State noticed that, when a case comes to trial, the defendant or defendants sometimes plead guilty at that late stage? Can discussions take place to ensure that, if a defendant is to plead guilty, his case is brought before the court as quickly as possible?