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Tagging

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how quickly security firms charged with the electronic tagging of offenders are required to inform the National Offender Management Service when a tag is broken; and whether the contractors have met this target in the period since inception. (93921)

The electronic monitoring service providers are required to inform the National Offender Management Service within 24 hours of a confirmed breach of a Home Detention Curfew tagging condition. This would include a deliberate tamper with a tag by an offender.

Data provided by the two electronic monitoring suppliers indicates that they met this target in 96.4 per cent. of cases between 1 April 2005, when new electronic monitoring contracts came into force, and 30 September 2006. Data are not available for the period before 1 April 2005.