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Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the contribution of the Pubwatch scheme to reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder; and if she will make a statement. (203172)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: There has been no formal assessment of the contribution of the Pubwatch scheme in relation to the reduction of alcohol related crime and disorder.

The Home Office is aware that Pubwatch operates in a number of areas, some of which are more active than others. Pubwatch operates alongside other measures to tackle alcohol related disorder, and therefore it is not possible to quantify the contribution made by the Pubwatch scheme in isolation. However, the Government are of the view that where active, it may contribute to a reduction in antisocial behaviour and alcohol related crime and disorder. Additionally it will also positively contribute to the development of effective partnerships between the police and the alcohol industry.