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Electronic Tagging

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants have been remanded on bail while subject to electronically-monitored curfew (a) before and (b) after conviction in each of the last seven years for which figures are available. (179352)

The following table sets out the number of separate occasions on which courts imposed an electronically monitored curfew requirement as a condition of bail in each of the last seven financial years in England and Wales. The figures have been provided by the two electronic monitoring suppliers, G4S and SERCO.

Financial year

Total number of times courts imposed a curfew with electronic monitoring as a bail condition

2001-021

42

2002-03

2,444

2003-04

4,427

2004-05

5,844

2005-06

8,548

2006-07

18,321

2007-082

18,338

1 Year of introduction. 2 April to December 2007.

The caseload for tagging on bail has increased significantly after September 2005, when the Home Office advised the courts of the availability of curfew monitoring for adult defendants under the Bail Act 1976.

Information on the breakdown of the above cases between those untried and those convicted but unsentenced cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost.