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Home Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the time-limit for pre-charge bail; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The government fully supports the use of pre-charge bail by the police when necessary and proportionate. Pre-charge can initially be granted for 28 days, with extensions available beyond that period.

The importance of pre-charge bail, including rules around extension, are highlighted by guidance produced by the National Police Chief’s Council earlier this year.

The Home Office is working closely with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Services as they conduct their in-depth examination of the use of pre-charge bail and “released under investigation”. We will give serious consideration to any recommendations. We will also continue discussions with partners on how we can best ensure effective use and oversight.

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