§ Mr. Mikardo
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which magistrates' courts in Inner London still require defendants who are on bail to surrender and be locked in a detention room before their case is called on.
§ Mr. John
I understand that since my hon. Friend last raised this matter three more inner London magistrates' courts have arranged to allow defendants surrendering to bail to wait in the public area of the court building until their cases are called. Only at Marlborough Street and Greenwich, because of practical difficulties, are such defendants still asked to wait in the secure area until their cases are called, though they are still at liberty to leave it on request.