TAGGING: Offenders are to be electronically tagged for the first time, Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, announced. Trial schemes, run by Securicor at a cost of about £1.4m, are to be introduced in Manchester, Reading and Norfolk for nine months beginning in June. Offenders will be subject to curfew orders.
EUTHANASIA: A doctor who admitted on television that he had carried out "mercy killings" of two severely handicapped dying babies 20 years ago was warned by Tom Sackville, a health minister, that the deliberate killing of any human being was an "illegal act".
Mr Sackville added in a reply to Ann Winterton (C, Congleton) that it was for the police and Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether any action should be taken against Dr Richard Nicholson.
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