HC Deb 24 March 1983 vol 39 cc478-9W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the charges against each of the five men who have been on remand in custody for over two years and which are the prisons in which they are located.

Mr. Mellor

[pursuant to his reply, 15 February 1983, c. 89]: Of the five individuals mentioned in my reply of 27 January—[Vol. 35, c. 490–91.]—to the hon. Member, further investigation has shown:

  1. (a) The total should have been four, as one had been dealt with in the intervening period for the initial offence and so should not have been included;
  2. (b) Of the remaining four, two were in Brixton prison on 30 November 1982, one of whom was charged with assault and the other with robbery, attempted robbery, possession of firearms and conspiracy to possess firearms; one was in Pentonville prison charged with theft and going equipped for theft; and one was in Wandsworth prison charged with conspiracy to defraud and fraudulent trading;
  3. (c) None of these four men had been on continuous remand in custody for the period of over two years: all of them had spent very substantial periods either on bail or unlawfully at large.