§ 19. Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of closed circuit television in combating crime; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
Research, and evidence from local schemes, has shown that closed circuit television can be extremely effective both in preventing crime and in helping to convict criminals. My Department is currently carrying out a further evaluation of the effectiveness of town centre CCTV schemes with a view to identifying best practice.