§ 40. Mr. Patrick Thompson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the safer cities programme.
§ Mr. John Patten
The safer cities programme is making good progress, with the first nine crime prevention projects either functioning or well on the way to becoming established. The Bradford and Wolverhampton projects have steering committees and locally recruited staff in place and are fully operational. We will establish seven266W more projects in the coming year and I have recently invited Bristol, Hull, Salford, Sunderland and Wirral to take part.