§ Mr. Bayley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of remand prisoners brought to trial since 30 September 1991(a) in magistrates courts had spent more than 56 days in custody since their first appearance and (b) in the Crown court had spent more than 70 days from first appearance before magistrates to committal in the Crown court.
§ Mr. Jack
The information requested is not readily available centrally. According to the February 1992 time interval survey of magistrates courts, 34 per cent. of custodial remands for indictable offences—that is, no bail—took more than 56 days from first listing to completion at the magistrates courts.