To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to help prevent crime in Greater Manchester.
The Government have set up safer cities crime prevention projects in Rochdale and Salford, and drugs prevention teams in Salford and Manchester. My right hon. Friend has also approved an additional 20 posts in Greater Manchester police from 1 April this year. In addition the Government encourage the growth and development of local neighbourhood watch schemes and there are now approximately 9,000 watch schemes in the area, covering 270,000 households.