HC Deb 03 February 1971 vol 810 c395W
Mr. Simeons

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take steps to reduce the number of people held in custody awaiting trial and so reduce the prison population.

Mr. Maudling

Decisions in individual cases are a matter for judicial discretion; but I have under consideration various administrative measures aimed at reducing the need for remands in custody, and consultations on these are in train.