HC Deb 08 July 2002 vol 388 cc733-4W
19. Mr. Fallon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to assist the police in the fight against low-level crime and vandalism. [64765]

Mr. Denham

The Government is taking urgent action to tackle low level crime and vandalism across the country. Among the most important are the measures to enhance the effectiveness of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in the Police Reform Bill and the introduction of Neighbourhood and Street Wardens to reinforce the capacity of the police and local communities to prevent disorderly behaviour.

Tackling anti-social behaviour and disorder is one of the Ministerial priorities for the police

28. Mr. Bill O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional assistance his Department gives to schools that suffer damage and vandalism; and if he will make a statement. [64774]

Mr. Denham

The Government are providing assistance to schools that suffer from vandalism through a range of initiatives including our Neighbourhood Wardens and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) schemes. The police involvement in truancy sweeps and in the "Safer Schools Partnerships" scheme is expanding the role that they play in schools as part of the Government's wider initiative to help tackle local street crime and behaviour problems. The Department for Education and Skills has also made £10 million available to Local Education Authorities this year to support security improvements at school that help protect them from crime.

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