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Crime Prevention

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people responded to the Have Your Say exercise as part of the Crime and Communities Review; (203237)

(2) what responsibility his Department has in combating crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour;

(3) what the responsibilities and duties of Louise Casey are.

The Cabinet Office plays a number of roles in relation to combating crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour. This includes, providing secretariat support to Cabinet and Cabinet Committees relating to domestic affairs, cross-Government work to tackle social exclusion including some of the underlying causes of offending, and supporting third sector organisations. The Strategy Unit also works collaboratively with other Government Departments on a range of home affairs issues.

The Prime Minister commissioned Louise Casey to carry out a cross-departmental review to look at how local communities, the police, local criminal justice agencies and other local partners can best work together to reduce crime, raise community confidence, improve information to local people and lower the fear of crime. The review is also looking at what makes people get involved in tackling problems in their community. The review is based in the Cabinet Office because of its cross-departmental nature but is staffed jointly by Departments.

The Crime and Communities Review's call for evidence attracted 1,457 responses to the questionnaire. A further 606 community activists attended evidence gathering events held across the country. The review is due to report by June 2008.