§ 17. Mr. Bill O'Brien
To ask the secretary of State for the Home Department how many neighbourhood warden schemes have been set up in the past 12 months. 
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The Government announced the first round of 50 successful bids for the neighbourhood wardens' grant on 18 September. These schemes are in the process of being set up and are expected to become operational in the new year. A further 42 schemes were deferred for development. Redefined proposals had to be submitted by 15 December. We will announce the outcome of these bids as soon as we can.