§ Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further consideration has been given to the problems relating to persons who fail to answer bail; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Howell
The police continue their efforts to collect recognisances where courts have ordered that they may be estreated, and to apprehend those who have failed to answer bail. In the longer term this problem may be alleviated by the implementation of recommendations in the Diplock Report relating to bail for offences committed by terrorists. The Government have accepted the recommendations in principle and are preparing legislation.