Violence Against Women — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:14 pm on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Wasserman Lord Wasserman Conservative 3:14 pm, 25th November 2015

Experience in Spain, Portugal and elsewhere has shown clearly that electronic monitoring or tagging in the context of domestic violence is an effective way of keeping victims of domestic violence alive and safe. As my noble friend will know, several police forces in this country—Hertfordshire, Northumbria and Cheshire—have purchased electronic monitoring equipment but they cannot use it unless the offender agrees. When will the Government amend the present law relating to the use of that technology so that tags can be fitted to domestic violence offenders with the authority of the courts, even if offenders are not minded to wear them?