§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is provided to police authorities on the provision of neighbourhood watch signs.
§ Mr. John Patten
There is no central guidance on the provision of neighbourhood watch signs. The permission of the highway authority—usually the county council or the London borough council—is needed when a sign is to be erected on highway land, and some authorities use this as a means of achieving standardisation of signs.