Closed Circuit Television

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1994.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson , Hampstead and Highgate 12:00 am, 24th November 1994

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria he will use to decide on the funding for closed circuit television in urban areas.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The criteria for bids under the CCTV challenge competition which I announced recently were set out in the bidding guidance issued to all local authorities and police forces on 9 November. Priority will be given to smaller centres of population but bids from large urban areas are not excluded.

Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson , Hampstead and Highgate

I thank the Home Secretary for his reply. I welcome his somewhat uncharacteristic change of mind in finding Home Office funding for such schemes, but why will they run for only a year—given that they are clearly effective—and why should the obtaining of such limited funds as are available be subject to the winning of a competition?

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The hon. Lady must not make the mistake of supposing that such schemes can be introduced only as a result of Government funding. They are being instituted all over the country as a result of partnership between the private sector, local authorities and, where appropriate, central Government. Whether or not the hon. Lady's constituency succeeds in the challenge competition, I hope that she will encourage those concerned to do what is necessary to install closed circuit television.

Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin , West Derbyshire

I welcome the advances that have been made in the provision of closed circuit television in urban areas. Will my right hon. and learned Friend also consider making such schemes available to rural towns, where police forces are not currently readily available for deployment? Closed circuit television could have a significant impact on the reduction of crime in such areas.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The criteria make provision for bids from rural towns, and I look forward to receiving very good bids from west Derbyshire.