HC Deb 30 July 1997 vol 299 cc270-1W
Mr. Ruffley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many neighbourhood watch schemes there were in each year since the schemes were introduced. [11352]

Mr. Michael

[holding answer 29 July 1997]: Neighbourhood watch schemes were first introduced in 1982. Statistics relating to the early years of their development were not collected systematically. Information is available only from 1991 onwards and is as follows:

January to December 1991 99,149
January to December 1992 115,678
January to December 1993 130,584
January to March 1994–95 143,002
April to March 1995–96 153,260
April to March 1996–97 161,397