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Closed Circuit Television

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many CCTV surveillance cameras funded by (a) public and (b) private sources there are in England and Wales. (294944)

The information is not held centrally. I refer to the reply given to the hon. Member on 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 906W in which I indicated that between 1999 and 2003, £170 million of Home Office capital funding under the Crime Reduction Programme was made available to local authorities for investment in public space CCTV.

Around 680 CCTV town centre schemes were set up with this funding. Local authorities benefit from Area Based Grant that allows them to spend on CCTV and other areas as they see fit to support the delivery of local, regional and national priorities in their area.