§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many car parking providers have joined the Association of Chief Police Officers-Automobile Association secure car parking scheme;
(2) how many of the major car parking providers have joined the Association of Chief Police Officers-Automobile Association secure car parking scheme; and what is his policy on the scheme.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The information is not available in the form requested. However, a range of car parking providers, including local authorities, British Rail and private operators, have so far received "Secured Car Parks" awards. As of 23 February 1994, 167 awards—129 gold and 38 silver—had been made to car parks under the scheme.
The Home Office fully supports this initiative and has recently provided £30,000 to assist in its promotion. I urged major car park operators to participate in it when I met with them on 2 February to discuss car park security.636W