Shopping Centres (Crime)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th March 1999.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office 12:00 am, 15th March 1999

My hon. Friend is right to say that there is concern at some shopping centres. In his Budget, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced that an additional £170 million would be made available over the next three years for crime prevention where crime is highest. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary will make a further announcement to the House in the light of the Chancellor's statement. The money will be split between the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Home Office and will commence in 1999ߝ2000. Bids will be invited through a challenge fund from local crime reduction partnerships.