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Home Detention Curfews

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the cost per prisoner was of the Home Detention Curfew scheme in each year since 1999; (137160)

(2) how many electronic tags were used as part of the Home Detention Curfew scheme in each year since 1999; and what the cost is of an individual electronic tag.

The current daily cost of monitoring a person on HDC is about £14. This and other financial data related to HDC can be found in paragraphs 1.14-1.16 of the National Audit Office report on Electronic Monitoring of February 2006 at:

www.nao.org.uk/publications/nao_reports/05-06/0506800.pdf

The cost per prisoner of operating the Home Detention Curfew (HDC) scheme in each year since 1999 has not been calculated centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

For information on the number of prisoners subject to electronic monitoring under HDC I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1582W. The exact number of tags used for this purpose is not calculated centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The amount payable under the contracts for delivering the service is not broken down by individual tag or other equipment costs.