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Crime Prevention

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government will take into account the widespread opposition of women to using underpasses at any time, in their advice to local authorities on the design of town centres in the future.

I have been asked to reply.I am well aware of this problem. The most recent guidance was issued by my Department in July 1978 and removed a number of features which were found to deter users. In town centres the trend towards pedestrianisation has eased the need for subways but there are bound to be places where subways are required. The problems are being further studied urgently.