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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2647

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Which of the documents referred to in his answer to my, question No. 3871 (Hansard, 7th September 1971, page 890) contain the relevant police instructions, directions or advice that constables should follow in relation to an accused person during the time that that person is in custody after having been arrested and before he is released on bail.

(2)   Have any of the documents containing these instructions, directions or advice been altered or revised in any way since 1st January 1970.

(3)   If so, what alterations or revisions have been made.

(4)   Has Instruction No. 16 in the Police General Orders and Instruction Manual been amended or altered in any way since 1st January 1970.

(5)   What are the full terms and text of the present police instructions or advice regarding fingerprinting of persons in custody.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The A.C.T. Police General Orders and Instructions manual.

(2)   and (3) Yes. Further instructions have been issued about: procedures when a defendant is bailed and where surety bail is accepted. procedures relating to the taking of fingerprints and photographs. the taking of recognizances. procedures concerning the examination by legally qualified medical practitioners of persons arrested and charged for an offence of driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

(4)   There is no General Order No. 16. The number will be used for a future addition to the manual.

(5)   As stated in answer to Question No. 3871 (Hansard, 7th September 1971, page 890) the manual is an internal working document issued only, to serving members of the police force. If the honourable member requires the information in relation to an incident involving a member of the A.C.T. Police Force in the execution of his duty, the Commissioner of Police will provide full information about an order or instruction.

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