HC Deb 13 March 1980 vol 980 cc651-2W
Mr. Stanbrook

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the practice of requiring persons granted bail to report to police stations.

Mr. Whitelaw

I am sure that there are occasions when conditions requiring reporting to a police station are thoroughly appropriate. But I am glad to take this opportunity of confirming that the Government continue to hold the view expressed in Home Office Circular 206/1977 that courts should be especially selective in imposing this kind of condition. The circular pointed out that it could be burdensome for the police and could also raise identification problems.