HC Deb 22 February 1968 vol 759 c168W
55. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from chief constables on the length of time taken by the police to prefer charges against defendants in magistrates' courts.

Mr. Taverne

No. Chief constables are well aware that delay should be avoided; but how soon a charge can be brought must depend on the circumstances of the particular case and I do not think that the statistics suggested would serve a useful purpose.

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