§ Mr. Syms
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give(a) the reasons for the projected change in net provision of money for police and crime reduction in 2001–02, (b) details of those areas of action which have received less funding than was provided for at the commencement of financial year 2001–02 and (c) examples of measures which are funded under Request for Resources 1-A. 
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 10 December 2001]: The projected change in net provision of £23,746,000 for policing and crime reduction in 2001–02 arises from:the transfer of provision to other parts of the Home Office and to other government departments that administer policing, crime reduction and anti-drugs initiatives on behalf of the Home Office's Policing and Crime Reduction Group;the uptake of End Year Flexibility in respect of the Crime Reduction Programme and the Confiscated Assets Fund;the transfer from the Cabinet Office to the Home Office in June 2001 of responsibility for the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit; anda transfer of provision from the Prison Service in support of police scientific development work.
The projected change in net provision for policing and crime reduction does not represent a reduction of available funding for any particular initiative, but rather a transfer of provision to areas undertaking these initiatives.
Request for Resources 1-A is intended to meet the cost of delivering a wide range of policing, crime reduction and anti-drugs initiatives. Examples include:the recruitment and training of police officers under the Crime Fighting Fund;Crime Reduction Programme funding to trial the effectiveness of a range of crime reduction initiatives;the expansion of the database of DNA samples.