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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the installation of CCTV cameras on levels of crime in Beverley in each of the last five years. (79531)

The scheme in Beverley was installed at a cost of £203,000. The local police in Beverley have indicated that the presence of CCTV plays an important part in their operational work to prevent and detect crime. The quality of cameras, colour images on screens, recording, storage and photographic reproduction provides the possibility of admissible evidence for court proceedings against offenders.