§ Mr. Page
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what effect the powers available to prosecutors under the Bail (Amendment) Act 1993 are being put since it came into force on 27 June.
§ Mr. Maclean
It is too early to draw conclusions, and I cannot comment on individual cases, but it has been reported that prosecutors made use of the powers—which154W allow an appeal against the granting of bail by a magistrates court-the day after the Act came into force, and as a result a defendant continued in custody.