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Crime: Non-emergency Number Schemes

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which areas have applied to take part in the second wave of 101 non-emergency number schemes for reporting certain non-emergency crimes, policing and anti-social behaviour; and which areas have asked for more time to put in an application; and [HL7699]

Whether areas that have been given more time to put in an application to take part in the second wave of 101 non-emergency number schemes for reporting certain non-emergency crimes, policing and anti-social behaviour will have their applications treated on the same basis as those areas that met the original deadline.[HL7700]

The partnership areas (by police force or region and including all local authorities within force or region area) that submitted bids to participate in the second wave of 101 schemes were:

Cumbria

Dorset

Essex

Hertfordshire

Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire & Rutland

Lincolnshire

London

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

Surrey

Wales

Wiltshire

Two of these areas, Cumbria and Lancashire, had requested further time to refine their bids before final decisions were taken.

The Government have decided not to proceed with the further roll-out of the programme in any areas beyond wave one at this time, although wave one will continue to be maintained. This decision has been taken to allow more time to fully assess the learning from wave one, including optimum costs and benefits. Decisions on future programme development will be deferred pending the outcome of a fuller evaluation of wave one in autumn 2007.