HC Deb 10 December 1991 vol 200 c393W
Mr. Conway

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on bail schemes in other European Community countries which are seeking to reduce pressure on the prison system.

Mr. John Patten

No systematic information is available on this subject, although it is known that similar kinds of work are carried out by probation officers in France and the Netherlands, and by non-profit organisations and social workers in Germany.