HC Deb 23 October 2000 vol 355 c49W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made since 24 July on his Department's acquisition of(a) through-the-wall imaging systems and (b) life signs monitoring systems; and if he will make a statement. [131787]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Trials of cell monitoring equipment were carried out by the Police Scientific Development Branch (PSDB) at Belmarsh Prison during 1999. The equipment failed after some time in situ and the trials were suspended. The Prison Service is reviewing this project and may ask PSDB to do further work.