HC Deb 15 December 1988 vol 143 cc1076-7
10. Mr. David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the proposed pilot projects to use electronic monitoring for people on bail will commence; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

We expect the projects to begin next summer.

Mr. Davis

I congratulate my hon. Friend on his humane innovation. Will he reassure the House that there will be no increase in the proportion of people receiving bail under the scheme who are accused of certain crimes of violence for which the scheme may not be appropriate? Will he reassure the House that people who break the terms of their bail under the scheme will be sent back to gaol by the courts?

Mr. Patten

I can give an assurance on both counts.

Mr. Madden

Does the Minister have any plans to place an electronic tag on Umberto Fiore who is wanted by the Italian authorities? They have been seeking to extradite him from this country for the past seven years in connection with the bombing of a train that resulted in the deaths of more than 80 people.

Mr. Patten

There has been no delay in the consideration of that case.