HL Deb 17 May 1999 vol 601 c9WA
Lord Janner of Braunstone

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the timescale for the national implementation of home curfews with electronic monitoring. [HL2353]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The Home Detention Curfew scheme, whereby prisoners serving a sentence of over three months, and less than four years, are eligible to spend up to the last two months of the custodial part of their sentence subject to a curfew supported by electronic monitoring, commenced on a national basis on 28 January 1999.

The national roll-out of curfew orders enforced by electronic monitoring as a sentence under the Criminal Justice Act 1991 is scheduled for 1 December 1999.

Trials of curfew orders with electronic monitoring are continuing for juveniles (10–15 year olds), persistent petty offenders and fine defaulters under the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997, and as a condition of bail. No decision has yet been taken on the future of these uses.