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Crime: Urban Areas

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the provision of SOS night-time emergency buses in urban centres; and how much he plans to allocate to (a) revenue expenditure and (b) capital expenditure on vehicles for such services in 2010-11. (313191)

The Home Office does not have a policy for providing night-time emergency busses in urban areas and does not have plans for directly funding them. However we are aware that a small number of local areas (including Bournemouth, Torbay, Brighton and Hove and Thanet) have used part of their 2009-10 Home Office alcohol partnership funding for safebus/safe space initiatives. This £1.5million programme is targeted at our 50 alcohol priority areas. These local areas can bid for funding for initiatives after identifying how to tackle alcohol related harm in the means most appropriate to the area and the problem.