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Home Department written question – answered on 10th May 2007.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many councils have been granted funding for talking CCTV systems; and whether there are plans to extend the scheme;

(2) what assessment he has made of the impact of talking CCTV systems on the communities in which they are used.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 3 May 2007

The Respect Task Force is providing funding for 'Talking CCTV' in 20 areas, using this new technology to target litterbugs and those behaving antisocially. These areas are involving children in competitions and activities, encouraging them to use their 'pester power' in a positive way to tell the grown-ups what behaviour they want to see, and what they do not.

The 20 areas receiving Respect funding for Talking CCTV are:

Southwark

Barking and Dagenham

Reading

Harlow

Norwich

Ipswich

Plymouth

Gloucester

Derby

Northampton

Mansfield

Nottingham

Coventry

Sandwell

Wirral

Blackpool

Salford

Middlesbrough

South Tyneside

Darlington.

Information on councils who might have developed talking CCTV using other funding sources is not held centrally.

The task force has no current plans to fund further roll-out to other areas.

The announcement of Respect funding for these 20 areas was made on 4 April 2007, following a successful trialling of 'Talking CCTV' in Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough council reports that it has proved effective in reducing problems such as littering, drunken and disorderly behaviour, vandalism and dispersing intimidating groups loitering in shopping areas, parks and housing estates; and that the town's cleanliness has improved dramatically.

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