§ Sir Cranley Onslow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the trials of electronic monitoring of curfew orders are due to begin, when he expects to be able to announce details of the contractors who will be carrying out trials; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Howard
I am pleased to announce that Securicor Custodial Services Ltd. will be providing the service in the city of Manchester and the borough of Reading and that Geografix Ltd. will be providing the service for the county of Norfolk. The next stage is acceptance testing of the contractors' equipment and systems. The nine-month trials are scheduled to begin in June.