HC Deb 02 March 1989 vol 148 c270W
74. Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has considered on electronic tagging schemes in the United States of America.

Mr. John Patten

My noble Friend Lord Caithness reported to my right hon. Friend the outcome of his ministerial visit to the United States of America in 1987, in the course of which he looked at the use there of electronic monitoring. A large amount of published and unpublished American material on this subject has also been reviewed within my Department. Home Office officials visited the United States during the week beginning 13 February to make an up-to-date assessment of electronic monitoring services in operation.