Bail

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 2:35 pm on 29th November 1993.

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Photo of Mr Derek Spencer Mr Derek Spencer , Brighton, Pavilion 2:35 pm, 29th November 1993

My hon. Friend will be pleased to hear that we are abreast of his thinking. The Bail (Amendment) Act 1993, which will come into operation in January, gives the prosecution a right to appeal to the Crown court against the granting of bail in most important cases in the magistrates court. My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has recently announced further proposals under which alleged offenders who reoffend on bail will not have the benefit of the presumption of bail. He also proposes that persons charged with murder, manslaughter or rape who have already been convicted of one of those offences will be refused bail. This House and the other place will have an opportunity to decide their attitude to those proposals quite soon.