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Closed Circuit Television

Lord Tope asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The Government strongly recommend that all closed circuit television (CCTV) systems adopt locally developed codes of practice tailored to meet the needs of the particular system. Most public CCTV systems have done so. All schemes receiving government funding for CCTV are required to put in place such codes as a condition of grant. The Home Office guidance booklet "CCTV--Looking Out for You" contains advice on how to adopt a code of practice and the issues it should cover.

Nigerian Ministers: EU Entry Visas

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blatch: Foreign Ministers of the European Union agreed, at a meeting on 20 November, that the existing restrictions on the issue of visas to members of the Nigerian military should be extended to Nigerian civilian Ministers. Immigration officers have been informed of this decision and given details of the members of the Provisional Ruling Council and Federal Executive Council of Nigeria.

Closed Circuit Television Challenge Competition

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blatch: My right honourable Friend announced a new closed circuit television (CCTV) challenge competition on 22 November. Fifteen million pounds has been made available in the financial year 1996-97 to fund CCTV schemes in England and Wales. Partnerships are invited to bid for a share of this money. A copy of the bidding guidance, which gives information on how to make a bid and details of the criteria by which the bids will be assessed, has been placed in the library. Copies have also been sent to chief constables, local authorities, police authorities and others who have expressed an interest. The closing date for bids is 29 March 1996.

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Crime Prevention Agency

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they plan to give details of the new Crime Prevention Agency.

Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend announced the details of the new Crime Prevention Agency on 22 November. The agency will subsume the National Board for Crime Prevention, the Home Office Crime Prevention Unit, and the Home Office Crime Prevention Centre.

The work of the agency will be overseen by an agency board which will be an advisory non-departmental public body. My right honourable friend will chair the agency board.

Other members of the agency board are:

Jack ActonDirector, Home Office Crime Prevention Centre
Peter BatchelorChairman, Vehicle Crime Prevention Group; formerly Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Vauxhall Motors
Ken PeaseProfessor of Criminology, University of Huddersfield
David QuarmbyChairman, Retail Action Group for Crime Prevention; Joint Managing Director, J Sainsbury plc
Nick RossBroadcaster and Journalist
John StevensChief Constable, Northumbria Police; Chairman, ACPO Crime Prevention Sub-Committee; Councillor and Chairman, Surrey Police Authority
Nigel WhiskinChief Executive, Crime Concern

The terms of reference of the agency board are as follows:

The board is appointed by the Home Secretary and will:

act as the managing board for the Home Office Crime Prevention Unit and the Home Office Crime Prevention Centre

co-ordinate the activities of all the key players in crime prevention by;

ensuring their representation on the board;

developing stronger links between each other;


maintaining links with other organisations

initiate, develop and promote innovative ideas to help prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime by:

following up new research;

identifying good practice; and

ensuring guidance and advice is available

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work with the police, local authorities, business, industry, the voluntary sector, the community and others to target specific types of crime or crime situations by:

setting up groups to examine specific issues (such as the retail group and the vehicle crime group)

supporting other groups with similar aims

ensure that all sections of the community have the opportunity to be involved in crime prevention by

encouraging the spread of partnership such as Neighbourhood Watch, Street Watch etc.,

promoting youth involvement; and

publicising effective community activity

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offer advice to Ministers on the major strategic and policy implications relating to these issues and on other effective crime prevention strategies.

MoD Married Quarters Sale: Preliminary Information Memorandum

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the Preliminary Information Memorandum on the sale of the married quarters estate.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): The Preliminary Information Memorandum was published on 30 November 1995, and a copy was placed in the Library of the House.

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