Number Plates

Home Department written question – answered on 7th March 2006.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to encourage the use of automatic number plate recognition technologies; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Government have made £25 million capital funding available to the Police Service in years 2005–06 and a further £7.5 million in 2006–07 (£32.5 million in total) for the provision of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology development. This investment addresses the fight against serious and organised crime, terrorism, volume crime and road traffic offending.

The Home Office has supported the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) through funding the development of the National ANPR Data Centre as it meets many of its strategic aims for crime reduction. This facility will enable the Police and intelligence services to track vehicle movements throughout the United Kingdom mainly for the purposes of detection and prevention of serious crime. The ANPR facility specifically targets those who choose to use our roads illegally, leaving law-abiding citizens to go about their business uninterrupted.

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