HL Deb 26 July 1979 vol 401 c2148WA
The Earl of SELKIRK

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether a police constable in granting bail to a person under investigation can impose conditions other than the date on which such persons must report back to the police station and whether a written statement of such conditions must be made available to the person under investigation if requested.


The law in England and Wales about the grant of bail by a police officer to a person into whose case inquiries cannot be completed forthwith is contained in Section 38(2) of the Magistrates' Court Act 1952. This enables a police officer to grant bail subject to a duty to appear at such police station and at such time as the officer appoints. The officer may require sureties and security as provided for in Section 3 of the Bail Act 1976, but no other conditions may be imposed. Under Section 5 of the Bail Act a record must be made of the bail decision and if a copy of the record is requested by the person in relation to whom the decision was taken it must be given to him as soon as practicable.