§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of Colchester's role as a garrison town in evaluating the sums to be provided to the town for CCTV; 
(2) if he will provide Colchester borough council with £100,000 to complete the town's closed circuit television system. 
§ Mr. Michael
Bids under round three of the closed circuit television challenge competition were assessed against the criteria set out in the published bidding guidance. Colchester was awarded £135,000; no bid received more. No more funds are available from the Home Office for CCTV in the current financial year. A decision on whether funds will be available in 1998–99 will be made later in the summer.