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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th May 2009.

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Photo of Christine Russell Christine Russell Labour, City of Chester 2:30 pm, 18th May 2009

Most people find the presence of CCTV in their neighbourhoods reassuring, and most police officers find them very helpful in assisting the detection of crime and the reduction of antisocial behaviour. However, there is also a strong view out there that they can result in a real invasion of an individual's personal liberty. Has the Department commissioned, or will it consider commissioning, a fully independent survey of the effectiveness of CCTV cameras?

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