§ 51. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to introduce further measures to speed up the legal process.
§ Mr. Mellor
The steps which we are taking were outlined in the reply I gave to a question from the hon. Member for St. Helens, South (Mr. Bermingham) on 17 February at column 559. Regulations introducing statutory time limits on periods in custody in criminal proceedings in the three police areas of Avon and Somerset, Kent and west midlands came into force yesterday.