§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretaty of State for the Home Department if the evaluation by the scientific and research branch of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary on neighbourhood watch schemes is yet complete; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The Home Office and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary keep the development of neighbourhood watch under careful review. This is a continuing process.
Although there is no evaluation as specifically described by my hon. Friend, the institute of criminology, Cambridge university and the directorate of management services of the Metropolitan police are both carrying out evaluations of neighbourhood watch in London. The results are expected to become available by the end of this year.