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Road Traffic Offences

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to centralise data collected by CCTV at the national Auto Number Plate Recognition Data Centre; and how much he has allocated to facilitate the integration of this data. (125643)

The Government have provided £32.5 million of capital investment between the years 2005 and 2007 to enhance Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) infrastructure at a national, regional and local level. The Home Office is working with colleagues in the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to use approximately £7 million of this funding to progress the development of a national infrastructure, specifically the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC—due to become fully operational during the 2007-08 financial year), and a Back Office Facility (BOF) system. The NADC will hold data collected by police-operated ANPR-linked to closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. The BOF will provide data storage and analysis tools for all police forces in England and Wales, enabling them to use ANPR in a more effective manner to tackle all levels of criminality.