HC Deb 09 December 1996 vol 287 cc3-4W
Mr. Alex Carlile

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of(a) 10-year-olds, (b) 11-year-olds, (c) 12-year-olds, (d) 13-year-olds, (e) 14-year-olds, (f) 15-year-olds and (g) 16-year-olds who were found guilty of offences (i) in each of the last 12 months and (ii) in total which would have made them eligible for electronic tagging under the new proposals; and if he will make a statement. [7503]

Mr. Sackville

Information on 10 to 16-year-olds found guilty of all offences in 1995 is given in the table. Information for 1996 will be available in the autumn of 1997.

It is proposed that a curfew order, with electronic monitoring, will be available to the courts for use with juvenile offenders under the age of 16 convicted of any offence subject to the restrictions set out in section 6 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. It will be for courts to decide whether to apply such an order in any particular case. It will be available initially on a pilot basis.

Mr. Howard

I have reviewed the cases affected by the judgment. I am considering what changes we might make to our appeals system to comply with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights.

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