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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he made of the cohesiveness of Government, local authority, town and parish council funding streams for developing a viable and robust network of CCTV cameras; (76931)

(2) how much central Government funding has been spent on CCTV cameras in the area covered by Leeds city council in each of the last five years;

(3) how much funding for CCTV cameras has been allocated by town and parish councils in the Leeds city council district in each of the last three years.

There is continuing interest in the further development of CCTV across the country. The Government offices in the regions have a role in ensuring all interested parties, including local authorities and town and parish councils are involved, both in the planning and in finding the appropriate funds. Although there is no National CCTV strategy at the moment, work is under way to produce one by the end of the year. Under the Crime Reduction Programme, Central Government provided £869,000 funding during 2001-02 for Leeds Watch Local, a CCTV scheme under the second round of the CCTV initiative. Money has been made more widely available since then through general crime reduction funding streams, for example under the Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF).The allocation for CCTV cameras in the Leeds city council district over the last three years was £2,170,000. Exact figures at town and parish council level are not held but funding, where allocated locally, was split fairly equally at approximately £720,000 each year.