333. Secretary of State's power to release on bail.

333.     Secretary of State's power to release on bail.

Prior to the introduction of immigration bail1, where an immigration officer not below the rank of chief immigration officer had sole or shared power to release a person on bail2 then in respect of an application for release on bail which was instituted after the expiry of the period of eight days beginning with the day on which detention commenced, the power to release on bail was exercisable by the Secretary of State (as well as by any person with whom the immigration officer's power was