HC Deb 05 March 1997 vol 291 cc646-7W
37. Mr. Gallie

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the outcome of the electronic tagging of persistent offenders in a pilot project in Norfolk; and if he will make a statement on the implications for Scotland. [17352]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The pilot project in Norfolk and those in Manchester and Berkshire have been evaluated by the Home Office. The findings seem to confirm that the technology is reliable and that this form of sentence can be a worthwhile addition to the range of community penalties available to sentencers. There is no reason to believe that the same will not be true in Scotland.