HC Deb 30 March 1998 vol 309 cc393-4W
Mr. Nigel Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to extend the use of polygraph machines in criminal cases; [36422]

(2) in how many cases polygraph machines have been used since 1992. [36423]

Mr. Michael

The Government have no plans to extend the use of polygraph machines in criminal cases. The admissibility of evidence in criminal proceedings is a matter for the courts. In the case of Fennelv Property Maintenance Limited 1986 [The Times, 26 November 1986], it was held that as a matter of principle, evidence

Ms Alami and Mr. Botmeh are both category A prisoners and their security categorisation is subject to annual review by the Prison Service. They will next be reviewed in August.

Both prisoners are held in normal prison conditions appropriate to their security category. As with all sentenced prisoners, they are subject to incentives and earned privileges schemes under which their access to additional facilities are earned or lost according to their behaviour in prison.