§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many neighbourhood watch schemes were operating in Waveney in(a) 1983–84 and (b) 1987–88; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
I understand from the chief constable of Suffolk that there were no neighbourhood watch schemes in Waveney in 1983–84, the first scheme having been established there in October 1986. This was also the first scheme to be established in Suffolk. By the end of March 1988 there were 87 schemes in Waveney, and the total has now risen to 100, an increase I greatly welcome.