§ Mr. John Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what deputations he has received as to application for bail procedures following the decision in Regina v. Nottingham Justices; and whether he will review the need for legislation.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Following the decision in Regina v. Nottingham Justices ex parte Davies my right hon. Friend has received representations from two hon. Members. I understand that my right hon. and noble Friend the Lord Chancellor has received a number of representations to enlist his support for a draft Bill designed, as recommended by the Royal Commission on legal services, to enable defendants remanded in custody by magistrates' courts to apply to the Crown court for bail, and to make criminal legal aid available for the purpose. The public expenditure implications of this proposal are under consideration.