HC Deb 05 December 1996 vol 286 c745W
14. Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases in respect of shoplifting, electronic tagging has been used in place of a custodial sentence. [6161]

Mr. Sackville

Since the trials began in July 1995, 48 offenders have been sentenced to a curfew order and tagged after conviction for an offence of theft, including theft from shops. It is not possible to know in which of these cases the court would have passed a custodial sentence had electronic monitoring not been available.