HC Deb 12 March 2001 vol 364 cc486-7W
14. Mr. Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce uniformed street watches in urban areas to support the work of the police. [151715]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

My Department and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions are already jointly funding a neighbourhood wardens programme across England and Wales. The majority of the schemes are within urban areas. Neighbourhood wardens have a supportive and complementary role to the police, local authority and local partnerships to help tackle antisocial behaviour, make environmental improvements in a neighbourhood, have a real effect on the quality of life of local communities, and reduce crime and the fear of crime.