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Crimes of Violence

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken to stop the spread of gang violence. (209166)

[holding answer 10 June 2008]: In September 2007, I set up the Tackling Gangs Action Programme to focus renewed action in neighbourhoods within Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester where guns and gangs have caused serious harm. It committed £1.5 million of funds to build on enforcement, community reassurance, risk management and Third Sector delivery. A practical guide to local authorities was published in May and a further £1 million will be allocated for enforcement, intelligence, safeguarding and prevention, and community reassurance.