HC Deb 05 December 1983 vol 50 c7W
78. Mr. Bermingham

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to enable those who were remanded in custody prior to trial and subsequently acquitted to be compensated for the time spent in custody.

Mr. Mellor

In very exceptional cases, ex gratia payments may be made out of public funds to defendants acquitted at trial after a period on remand in custody. In the course of our current review of the present arrangements for compensation, consideration is being given to various proposals made for legislation in this field.